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Early Origins of the Pointon family

The surname Pointon was first found in Lincolnshire, at Panton, a village in the civil parish of East Barkwith, in the East Lindsey of district. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Pantone and possibly meant "farmstead near a hill or pan-shaped feature" from the Old English words "panne" + "tun." [1] At that time, there were 32 households on 40 acres of meadows with a church, land held by the Archbishop of York. Conjecturally the family is descended from Gilbert of Panton, a Norman noble who held the village at that time. [2]

Alternatively, the family could have originated in Pointon, a chapelry, in the parish of Semperingham, union of Bourne, wapentake of Aveland, parts of Kesteven, Lincolnshire. [3]

Early History of the Pointon family

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Pointon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Panton, Pantone, Panting, Pantown, Pantoun and many more.

Early Notables of the Pointon family (pre 1700)

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United States Pointon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pointon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Pointon, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1868 [4]

Australia Pointon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pointon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Pointon, English convict who was convicted in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 13th July 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Pointon, (Poynton), (b. 1808), aged 27, English farm labourer who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Samuel Pointon, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • William Pointon, aged 25, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [8]
  • William Pointon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [8]

New Zealand Pointon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pointon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Pointon, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wanganui" in 1882
  • William Pointon, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wanganui" in 1882

Contemporary Notables of the name Pointon (post 1700) +

  • William James "Bill" Pointon (1920-2008), English footballer who played as a forward from 1940 to 1951
  • Ray Pointon (1947-2013), English footballer, who played as a defender from 1967 to 1971
  • Joseph Pointon (1905-1939), English footballer from Leek, Staffordshire, who played as a forward from 1923 to 1932
  • Malcolm Pointon (d. 2007), British pianist and lecturer from Thriplow, England, the subject of the film Malcolm and Barbara-A Love Story; he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 51
  • Neil Geoffrey Pointon (b. 1964), British former professional footballer from Church Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England who played from 1981 to 2003
  • Ross Pointon (b. 1980), English mixed martial artist

The Pointon 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: Firmius, et pugnan
Motto Translation: More strongly into the fight.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th February 2022). Retrieved from
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook