Pauncefarte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pauncefarte arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pauncefarte family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Pauncefarte family

The surname Pauncefarte 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 Pauncefarte family

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

Pauncefarte Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

Early Notables of the Pauncefarte family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pauncefarte family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pauncefarte or a variant listed above were: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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