The ancestors of the Pinchent family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Pinchent family
The surname Pinchent 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 Pinchent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinchent research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1590, 1662 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Pinchent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pinchent Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pinchent were recorded, including Punchon, Puncheon, Punchard, Punshardon, Punshow and many more.
Early Notables of the Pinchent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pinchent family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pinchent arrived in North America very early: 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.