The name De la ponte was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The De la ponte family lived in Hampshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to the Old English word pound,
meaning an enclosure where animals were kept, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a structure.
Early Origins of the De la ponte family
The surname De la ponte was first found in Hampshire
where they were granted lands by Wiliam the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Drayton in that shire. Unfortunately the grant and details of the village and lands of Drayton, according to the Domesday Book
taken in 1086 have been lost, and it is not possible to identify the residence at that time.
Early History of the De la ponte family
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De la ponte Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name De la ponte have been found, including Pownd, Pownde, Pound, Pounds, Pounde, de la Pound and others.
Early Notables of the De la ponte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the De la ponte family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name De la ponte were among those contributors: John Pound, who settled in Jamaica in 1665; Susanna Pound settled in Virginia in 1698; James Pound settled in Barbados in 1684; Edward Pound settled in Maryland in 1774.