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
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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)
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Migration of the Ponsford family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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
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.