Poch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Poch reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Poch family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Poch is based on the Norman-French given name Pocin.

Early Origins of the Poch family

The surname Poch was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Barkby. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1] a survey initiated in 1086 A.D., by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, the village and Mill of Barkby was held by Leofric, an under-tenant, from Adelaide, the wife of Hugh de Grandesnil. However, in early times the estates were held by Walter Power, who had a daughter who married Peter Lincoln. The latter also had a daughter, Anne, who married William Willoughby, who also had a daughter, Alice, who married Richard Pochin and thenceforth the Pochins held Barkby. The name Pochin is derived from the Norman French Pocin but the relationship between the original Norman settlers at Barkby and Pochin is tenuous.

Early History of the Poch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poch research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1687, 1711, 1756, and 1828 are included under the topic Early Poch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Poch Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Poch are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Poch include Pochin, Pocin, Pochen, Poching, Poaching, Pockin, Pochen, Pocken, Pochine, Pochinko and many more.

Early Notables of the Poch family (pre 1700)

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United States Poch migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Poch, or a variant listed above:

Poch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pablo Poch, aged 21, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826 [2]
  • F O Poch, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • O Poch, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1838 [2]
  • I Poch, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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