In 1890, Henry Brougham Guppy. M.B. (Edin.), published his ‘Homes of Family Names in Great Britain’. This is part of his entry for the county of Dorset
The name of LEGG was represented in Stourminster last century; and a gentleman named Heury Bilson Legge owned property at the same time in Chilfrome (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”)
The family of LODDER or LODER probahly takes its name from Loders, a Dorset parish. About the middle of the 17th century, Andrew Loder, of Dorchester, gent., came into possession of the Osehill estate in Wotton Glanvile, and it remained in the family until 1728. There was a family of Loder in Stourton Candel about the middle’ of last century (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”)
Some well-known merchants of Shaftesbury in the last century bore the name of LUSH; and in 1796 one of them was mayor of that town (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”)
The name of MAYO was represented in Great Fontmel in the latter half of last century. About the same time, Mr. George Mayo, of Lower Compton, owned the West Holway estate in Catstock (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”)
The name of MEATYARD, in the form of Meatyeard, occurred in Gillingham in the beginning of last century (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”). According to Lower, Mete-yard was the mediaeval name for a measuring stick
In 1730, Thomas MERCH, M.D., came into possession of the manor of Little Bridy; during last century the same family held estates in Charminster and Stratton, and were patrons of the living of Long Bridy (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”).
In 1645 a family of MULLINS or MULLENS, still represented in the locality, owned land in Wimborne Minster; and during the latter half of the 16th century the family of Mullens or Molyns possessed the manor of West Hall in Folke (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”)
The Dorset MUNCKTONS may find a kinship with the Rev. C. Monckton, master of a school at Liskeard, in Cornwall, in the early part of last century (Polwhele’s “Cornwall”)
John PITTMAN was a prominent Poole townsman in the reign of Charles II. (Sydenham’s “Poole”)., and the name is still in the town Last century
Mr. William Gaisford PEACH owned Hide farm in Bere Regis (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”)
The name of PAUL, in the form of Paull, was represented in the 17th century in Drempton and Netherway in Broad Windsor (Hutchins’ “Dorsetshire”)
POMEROY is an ancient Devonshire surname, and the name of a parish (Berry Pomeroy) in that county. From the conquest to the reign of Edward VI. the powerfuk and enobled family of De Pomeroy owned the manor of Berry Pomeroy and much other property in that county (Worthy’s ” Ashburton “). There are still a few of the name in Devonshire.