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Where did the Italian Pontious family come from? What is the Italian Pontious family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pontious family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pontious family history?

The Pontious surname was taken on from any of the many place names in Italy called Ponte, or from places derived from the Italian word "ponte," which means "bridge." Local names are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ponte, Ponti, Da Ponte, Dal Ponte, Del Ponte, Pontello, Pontelli, Pontel, Ponticiello, Ponticelli, Pontillo, Pontini, Pontoni, Ponton, Pontiroli, Pontalti, Pontano, Pontormo and many more.

First found in Emilia-Romagna. Although this name arose independently in various parts of Italy, the first recorded instances of the name found are of the Ponte di Venezi family, ennobled in 1297, who are said to be originally of Ferrara.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pontious research. Another 431 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1385, 1418, 1438, 1440, 1442, 1495, 1512, 1560, 1595, 1622, and 1693 are included under the topic Early Pontious History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 90 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pontious Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pontious Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Nevin Pontious, aged 46, who settled in Seattle, WA, in 1914

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  • Doug Pontious, Chief Information Officer and Chief of Staff, Hospital & Health Care, Detroit
  • Bob Pontious, American English professor at Brunswick Community College, Supply, NC
  • John Pontious, Chief Technology Officer at OnWire Consulting Group


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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
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The Pontious Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pontious 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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