Pond History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

When the ancestors of the Pond family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, derives from the Old English pond, meaning enclosed expanse of water, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a landmark.

Early Origins of the Pond family

The surname Pond was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Pond family

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Pond Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pond has been recorded under many different variations, including Pond, Pont, Ponde, Ponte and others.

Early Notables of the Pond family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Timothy Pont (c. 1565-1614), Scottish mapmaker - the first man to produce a detailed map of Scotland. Edward Pond ( fl. 1623) was an almanac-maker from Essex. Timothy Pont (c. 1560-1614), was a...
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Pond migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Ponds were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Pond Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniel Pond, who settled in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Winthrop Pond, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Pond, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • Mary Pond, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Daniel Pond, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
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Pond Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Pond, who arrived in Virginia in 1730
  • Tobias Pond, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [1]
Pond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel P Pond, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Pond migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pond Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Pond U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Pond 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:

Pond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William J. Pond, (b. 1850), aged 20, British blacksmith travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [3]
  • William Pond, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Elizabeth Pond, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Edward Pond, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Charles Pond, aged 8 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
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Contemporary Notables of the name Pond (post 1700)

  • Lennie Wayne Pond (1940-2016), American NASCAR driver who won NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors in 1973
  • Dr. Erasmus Arlington "Arlie" Pond (1873-1930), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
  • Alonzo W. Pond (1894-1986), American former assistant curator of the Logan Museum of Anthropology
  • Lennie Pond (b. 1940), American former NASCAR driver and winner of the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors in 1973
  • Peter Pond (1740-1807), American fur trader and explorer of the northwestern North America
  • Arthur Pond (1705-1758), English painter and engraver, educated in London
  • John Pond (1767-1836), English astronomer who became the sixth Astronomer Royal, serving from 1811 to 1835
  • Christopher Pond (1826-1881), English-born, Australian caterer and hotelier
  • Tony Pond (1945-2002), British rally driver
  • Christopher Richard Pond (b. 1952), British politician, member of Parliament for Gravesham, first elected in 1997
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Historic Events for the Pond family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Pond, aged 32, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 3 [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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