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Where did the English Points family come from? What is the English Points family crest and coat of arms? When did the Points family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Points family history?The Points family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a maker of points, which are cords for fastening together doublet and hose; a maker of garter belts. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word poynte, which meant "a tagged lace or cord made of twisted yarn, silk, or leather." It is also possible that the name is derived from the construction term pointing, which is the practice of fastening and sealing roofing tiles with mortar. This practice gained currency in the 13th century and was called pointing.
Points has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Pointer, Poynter, Pointier and others.
First found in Berkshire, where they were recorded in the 13th century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Points research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1273, 1314, 1633, 1593, 1590, 1665, 1626 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Points History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Points Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pointss to arrive on North American shores: Robert Pointer, also recorded as Robert Poynter, who came to Virginia in 1654; William Poynter, who arrived in Virginia in 1655; Edward Poynter, who came to Virginia in 1666.
The Points Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Points Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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