Pauncefithay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pauncefithay came to England with the ancestors of the Pauncefithay family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pauncefithay family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Pauncefithay family

The surname Pauncefithay 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 Pauncefithay family

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

Pauncefithay Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

Early Notables of the Pauncefithay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pauncefithay family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pauncefithay or a variant listed above: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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