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The Poindexter family name is a legacy Britain's Norman past. It comes from the Old French "poing destre," meaning "right fist;" and as such is thought to have originally been some kind of nickname.

Poindexter Early Origins



The surname Poindexter was first found in on the Island of Jersey where the earliest record of the names was of Geoffrey and Raoul Poingdestre as land owners in Jersey in 1250. Looking back further, the Pipe Rolls of the Exchequer of Normandy for the Reign of Henry ll, 1180 and 1184 list Ricardus Poingdestre, in the Bayeux District of the Bessin in Normandy (Lower Normandy) in 1180 and in 1195. Another reference confirms this entry but has modernized the spelling to Richard Poindestre and confirmed the year 1180. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Poindexter Spelling Variations


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Poindexter 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 Poindexter, Poingdester, Poingdestre, Puddister and many more.

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Poindexter Early History


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Poindexter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poindexter research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1609 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Poindexter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Poindexter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Poindexter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poindexter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Poindexter or a variant listed above:

Poindexter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Poindexter, who arrived in Virginia in 1660

Poindexter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert M. Poindexter, aged 46, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Madeline R. Poindexter, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Katharine J. Poindexter, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Kathleen F. Poindexter, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Robert Poindexter, aged 26, who settled in Los Angeles, Calif, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Poindexter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Poindexter (post 1700)



  • Miles Poindexter (1868-1946), American politician, United States Senator from Washington (1911-1923)
  • H. R. Poindexter, American Tony Award winning theatre lighting designer and set designer
  • Chester Jennings "Jinx" Poindexter (1910-1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • George Poindexter (1779-1853), American politician, lawyer and judge, United States Senator from Mississippi (1830-1835)
  • Charles D. Poindexter (b. 1942), American Republican politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
  • Joseph Boyd Poindexter (1869-1951), American politician, the 8th Territorial Governor of Hawaii (1934-1942)
  • Emmett Williamson Poindexter (1892-1945), American lawyer and politician
  • Hildrus Augustus Poindexter (1901-1987), American bacteriologist who studied the epidemiology of tropical diseases
  • Captain (USN) Alan Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter (b. 1961), American astronaut with over 306 hours in space and son of Admiral John Poindexter
  • Admiral John Poindexter (b. 1936), American politician, involved in the Iran-Contra Affair
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Poindexter


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Suggested Readings for the name Poindexter



  • A Poingdestre-Poindexter Genealogy: an Account of the Lineage of the Houston, Texas Branch of the Family by John D. Poindexter.

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Motto


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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: Nemo me impune lacessit
Motto Translation: No one provokes me with impunity.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Poindexter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poindexter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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