The name Pierponte was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pierponte family lived in Sussex
. Their name, however, is a reference to Pierrepont,
near St. Sauveur in the Cotentin, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Pierponte family
The surname Pierponte was first found in Sussex
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were from Pierrepont near St. Sauveur in the Cotentin in Normandy
. Reginald, Geoffrey and Robert Pierpont accompanied William into England
and were granted lands in Suffolk
and 9,000 acres in Sussex
under the Earl Warren. The family it seemed had extensive property and holdings from an early date as seen by this account: "Robert de Pierrepoint was a person of such extensive property that being made a prisoner fighting on the side of King Henry III at the Battle of Lewes , he was forced to give security for the payment of then great sum of seven hundred
marks for his ransom." CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
, the mark never appeared as a coin but was a unit of account and was worth about 160 pence shortly after the Conquest. Based on a value of two-thirds of a pound, and converting to the price of silver, the ransom was about 267 dollars x 700 = Pierponte186,900 USD in today's value.
Early History of the Pierponte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierponte research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1452, 1546, 1615, 1662, 1690, 1655, 1726, 1607, 1680, 1607, 1678, 1640, 1660, 1659, 1640, 1645, 1652, 1638, 1681, 1660, 1685, 1659, 1714, 1649, 1715, 1698 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Pierponte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pierponte 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 Pierrponte, Pierrepont, Pierrpont, Pierrponte, Pierreponte, Pierpont, Pierponte, Pierrpoint, Pierrpointe, Pierpoint, Pierpointe, Pearpont, Pearpoint, Pearpointe, Perpoint, Perpointe and many more.
Early Notables of the Pierponte family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Pierrepont (died 1452), MP for Nottinghamshire; Henry Pierrepont (1546-1615), English MP for Nottinghamshire; William Pierrepont, 4th Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull (c.
1662-1690), British peer and Member of Parliament; Evelyn Pierrepont, 5th Earl and 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull (c.
1655-1726), Member of Parliament for... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pierponte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pierponte family to the New World and Oceana
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 Pierponte or a variant listed above: Robert Pierpont, who came to Ipswich, MA in 1648; Henry Pierpoint, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 with his wife Elizabeth and their five children; John Pierpoint, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1718.
The Pierponte 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: Pie ripone te
Motto Translation: In pious confidence.