The name Pinchend was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pinchend family lived in Devon
. Their name, however, is a reference to Pontchardon,
in Argentan, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Pinchend family
The surname Pinchend was first found in Devon
where Robert de Pontcardon held lands in 1083. He was from Pontcardon (Pontchardon), near Neauffla in Normandy
. Almost one hundred
years later, William de Punchardon held six fees in Somerset
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Pinchend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinchend research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1590, 1662 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Pinchend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pinchend Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Punchon, Puncheon, Punchard, Punshardon, Punshow and many more.
Early Notables of the Pinchend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pinchend family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pinchend or a variant listed above: William Pynchon, who came to in Massachusetts in 1630 with his wife Anne and their four children; Thomas Pinchen, who settled in Barbados in 1663; Michael Pinchard settled in Louisiana in 1719.