Ponsford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ponsford is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ponsford family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Ponsford family

The surname Ponsford 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 Ponsford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ponsford research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1383 and 1437 are included under the topic Early Ponsford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ponsford Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ponsford family name include Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

Early Notables of the Ponsford family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ponsford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Ponsford migration to Australia +

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

Ponsford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Harriet Ponsford, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]

New Zealand Ponsford 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:

Ponsford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Ponsford, (b. 1849), aged 21, British wheelwright travelling from London aboard the ship "Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1870 [2]


The Ponsford 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.


  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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