When the ancestors of the Ponsefoot family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Gloucestershire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Ponsefoot family
The surname Ponsefoot 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.
Early History of the Ponsefoot family
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Ponsefoot 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. Ponsefoot has been recorded under many different variations, including Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.
Early Notables of the Ponsefoot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ponsefoot family to the New World and Oceana
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. Ponsefoots were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.
The Ponsefoot 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: Pensez forte
Motto Translation: Think firmly.