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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, French


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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pond research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1180, 1214, 1565, 1585, 1602, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Pond History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 came to Dedham, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Winthrop Pond, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Pond, who came to Boston in 1630
  • Mary Pond, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Daniel Pond, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1630


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

Pond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel P Pond, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Pond Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John Pond U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Pond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Pond, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Elizabeth Pond, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Edward Pond, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Charles Pond, aged 8 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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The Pond Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pond 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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