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Re: The Pimbley's in South East London
Posted by: Lance Pymble Date: November 18, 2001 at 13:09:40
In Reply to: The Pimbley's in South East London by Karen Hubbard of 87

I don't know specifically about the origin of your surname 'Pimbley' but mine, and its variant 'Pimble', are diminutives of Pym or Pim. In English diminutives are often formed using the suffix 'le' but with the medial intrusion of a labial like 'p' or 'b' following an 'm'. The surname 'Pym' seems to be a diminutive or nickname for the feminine name 'Eufemia' or 'Euphemia' which was more common before 1450.

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