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The name Ponsfort was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ponsfort family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Ponsfort family


The surname Ponsfort 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.

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Early History of the Ponsfort family

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Early History of the Ponsfort family


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Ponsfort Spelling Variations

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Ponsfort Spelling Variations


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

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Early Notables of the Ponsfort family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Ponsfort family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ponsfort family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Ponsfort family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ponsfort or a variant listed above: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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The Ponsfort Motto

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The Ponsfort 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.


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