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Pointer is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a maker of points, which are cords for fastening together doublet and hose; a maker of garter belts. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word poynte, which meant "a tagged lace or cord made of twisted yarn, silk, or leather." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
It is also possible that the name is derived from the construction term pointing, which is the practice of fastening and sealing roofing tiles with mortar. This practice gained currency in the 13th century and was called pointing.

Pointer Early Origins



The surname Pointer was first found in Berkshire, where Benedict le Puinter was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1206. "Some of the Poynters, however are of French origin, being descendants of Ambrose Pointier, of Arras, who settled [in England] at the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The armorials of this family are pointedly allusive; the shield contains pointed piles. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Pointer Spelling Variations


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Pointer Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pointer has been recorded under many different variations, including Pointer, Poynter, Pointier and others.

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Pointer Early History


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Pointer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pointer research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1273, 1314, 1850, 1633, 1593, 1590, 1665, 1626 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Pointer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pointer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pointer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pointer 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pointer or a variant listed above:

Pointer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Pointer, also recorded as Robert Poynter, who came to Virginia in 1654
  • Robert Pointer, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Francis Pointer, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
  • Elizabeth and Francis Pointer, who both came to Maryland in 1675
  • Elizabeth Pointer, who landed in Maryland in 1675

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pointer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pointer (post 1700)



  • Aaron Elton Pointer (b. 1942), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • Noel Pointer (1954-1994), American jazz violinist and record producer
  • Priscilla Pointer (b. 1924), American stage, film and television character actress, mother of actress Amy Irving
  • Ruth Pointer (b. 1946), American R&B singer, eldest member of The Pointer Sisters
  • Anita Marie Pointer (b. 1948), American R&B/soul singer-songwriter, member of The Pointer Sisters
  • Robert R. Pointer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 28th District, 1902
  • Raymond Pointer (1936-2016), English professional association footballer, member of the England National Team in 1961
  • Grant Harry Pointer (b. 1987), English rugby union player from Norwich
  • Mick Pointer (b. 1956), English drummer from Brill, Buckinghamshire

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Suggested Readings for the name Pointer


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Suggested Readings for the name Pointer



  • Zola's Family and Friends: Harrison County, Missouri: by Zola Pointer.

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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: Pense a pointer
Motto Translation: Think a point


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Pointer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pointer 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.

This page was last modified on 11 November 2016 at 22:23.

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