The ancestors of the Pochin family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived from the Norman-French given name Pocin
Early Origins of the Pochin family
The surname Pochin 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
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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 Pochin family
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Pochin 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 Pochin, Pocin, Pochen, Poching, Poaching, Pockin, Pochen, Pocken, Pochine, Pochinko and many more.
Early Notables of the Pochin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pochin 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 Pochin or a variant listed above: William Pockin who landed in North America in 1720.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pochin (post 1700)
- Sir Edward Eric Pochin (1909-1990), English physician, a specialist in the dangers of ionizing radiation
- Henry Davis Pochin (1824-1895), English industrial chemist
- Juliette Pochin, Welsh classically trained mezzo-soprano singer, composer/arranger, and record producer