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When the ancestors of the Pauncefard family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Pauncefard Early Origins



The surname Pauncefard was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Hasfield. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in the year 1086 A.D., a survey of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, the chief tenant of Hasfield was Westminster Abbey and holding the land from the Abbey was Thurstan FitzRolf. It is from this latter Norman noble that the Paunceforts are conjecturally descended. Pancevold was a tenant-in-chief at the survey, and Pancefolt was an under-tenant. They held this manor until 1598. The name is derived from the French Pancevolt.

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Pauncefard Spelling Variations


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Pauncefard Spelling Variations



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 Pauncefard have been found, including Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

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Pauncefard Early History


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Pauncefard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pauncefard research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1383 and 1437 are included under the topic Early Pauncefard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pauncefard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pauncefard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pauncefard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, 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 Pauncefard were among those contributors: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pensez forte
Motto Translation: Think firmly.


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