Pauncefart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pauncefart reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pauncefart family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Pauncefart family

The surname Pauncefart 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.

Important Dates for the Pauncefart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pauncefart research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1383 and 1437 are included under the topic Early Pauncefart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pauncefart Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pauncefart include Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

Early Notables of the Pauncefart family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pauncefart family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pauncefarts to arrive on North American shores: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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