Delapont History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Delapont was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Delapont 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 Delapont family

The surname Delapont 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 Delapont family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delapont research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1573, 1669, 1724, 1687, 1694, 1697, 1703, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Delapont History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Delapont Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Pownd, Pownde, Pound, Pounds, Pounde, de la Pound and others.

Early Notables of the Delapont family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was James Pound (1669-1724), English astronomer, was the son of John Pound, of Bishop's Canning, Wiltshire. He matriculated at St. Mary Hall, Oxford, on 16 March 1687; graduated B.A. from Hart Hall on 27 Feb. 1694, and M.A. from Gloucester Hall in the...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delapont Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Delapont family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Delapont or a variant listed above: 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.



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