Pointer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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."  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.
Early Origins of the Pointer family
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. " 
Early History of the Pointer family
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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, Ponet and others.
Early Notables of the Pointer family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Robert Pointz (c 1590-1665), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1626 and 1629; and Sir John Pointz (died 1633), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1593.
John Pointer (1668-1754), was an English antiquary...
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Pointer migration to the United States +
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 settled in 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 settled in Maryland in 1675
- Elizabeth Pointer, who landed in Maryland in 1675 
Contemporary Notables of the name Pointer (post 1700) +
- Patricia Eva "Bonnie" Pointer (1950-2020), American singer, member of the vocal group, The Pointer Sisters
- Vena Pointer (1880-1971), American lawyer, Colorado's first female water lawyer, one of the original board members of the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 1937
- Sir'Dominic Denzel Pointer (b. 1992), American professional basketball player
- Sadako Pointer (b. 1984), born Sadako Ruth Pointer Johnson, an American singer, member of The Pointer Sisters
- Quinton Jamall Pointer (b. 1988), American football cornerback for the Baltimore Brigade
- Issa Pointer (b. 1978), born Issa Kuren Edwards, an American singer and member of the vocal group The Pointer Sisters, daughter of Ruth Pointer and Dennis Edwards
- Dick Pointer (1778-1827), American frontier hero and an African slave, best known for his bravery in the defence of Fort Donnally, West Virginia, from a Shawnee attack in 1778; due to his heroic efforts, he was emancipated in 1801
- Chris Pointer (b. 1976), American former defensive back in the Arena Football League who played from 2001 to 2008
- Aaron Elton Pointer (b. 1942), retired American Major League Baseball player
- Noel Pointer (1954-1994), American jazz violinist and record producer
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The Pointer 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
Suggested Readings for the name Pointer +
- 4476 Zola's Family and Friends: Harrison County, Missouri: by Zola Pointer.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 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)