Paunceforth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Paunceforth is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Paunceforth family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Paunceforth family

The surname Paunceforth 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 Paunceforth family

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

Paunceforth Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

Early Notables of the Paunceforth family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Paunceforth family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Paunceforth or a variant listed above: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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