Ponford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Today's generation of the Ponford family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ponford family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Ponford family
The surname Ponford was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Hasfield. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in the year 1086 A.D., a survey of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, the chief tenant of Hasfield was Westminster Abbey and holding the land from the Abbey was Thurstan FitzRolf. It is from this latter Norman noble that the Paunceforts are conjecturally descended. Pancevold was a tenant-in-chief at the survey, and Pancefolt was an under-tenant. They held this manor until 1598. The name is derived from the French Pancevolt. 
"The first of the name on record is Bernard Pancevolt, a Domesday tenant-in-chief in Hampshire. Geoffrey de Pauncevote was steward to the household of King John." Samual Pancevot was listed in Hampshire, Henry, Edward I. 
In 1165 Humphrey Paunevolt held fiefs in Gloucester from Newmarch . Humphrey Pancevolt witnessed the foundation of Shireburn Abbey, Hants. The name long continued in Gloucester and elsewhere. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included Grimbald Pancefot, Hertfordshire; and Walter Pancevot, Somerset.  In Somerset, John Paucefot was registered there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
Early History of the Ponford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ponford research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1383 and 1437 are included under the topic Early Ponford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ponford Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ponford include Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.
Early Notables of the Ponford family
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Migration of the Ponford family
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ponfords to arrive on North American shores: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.
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: Pensez forte
Motto Translation: Think firmly.
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- Liber Niger Scutarii ("Black Book of the Exchequer"), containing reports by county on feudal holdings in England in 1166 (reign of Henry II)
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