Ponsonby is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Ponsonby family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Ponsonby family lived in Cumberland
, at Ponsonby
, from whence the family derived their name.
Early Origins of the Ponsonby family
The surname Ponsonby was first found in Cumberland
at Ponsonby, a parish, in the union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"Before the adoption of the surname, they are said to have been of Hale, in the same county. Still earlier, according to a family tradition, they were of the noble rank in Picardy, the founder of the house in England
having come over with the Conqueror, who appointed him his Barber! The three combs in the arms of Ponsonby are alleged in support of this story, and if further evidence can possibly be desired, the chevron that separates them may adumbrate the open razor, wherewithal the dread face of the mighty Conqueror was denuded of its manly appendage!" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Ponsonby family
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Ponsonby Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ponsonby have been found, including Ponsonby, Pounceby, Pownceby and others.
Early Notables of the Ponsonby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ponsonby family to Ireland
Some of the Ponsonby family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ponsonby family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ponsonby were among those contributors:
Ponsonby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Ponsonby, who arrived in Virginia in 1772 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Ponsonby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Ponsonby, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1850
Ponsonby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Ponsonby, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
- Dorah Ponsonby, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
- Pat Ponsonby, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
- Ellen Ponsonby, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
Contemporary Notables of the name Ponsonby (post 1700)
- Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby (1889-1945), English cricketer
- Sir Henry Frederick Ponsonby (1825-1895), English Army officer, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria
- Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby (1783-1837), English Army Major General, Governor of Malta (1827-1836)
- John Ponsonby (1772-1855), British diplomat and politician, made 1st Viscount Ponsonby in 1839
- George Ponsonby (1755-1817), Lord Chancellor of Ireland
- William Brabazon Ponsonby (1744-1806), Irish politician, made 1st Baron Ponsonby of Imokilly, County Cork in 1806
- Richard Ponsonby (1722-1815), Irish priest in the Church of Ireland, who was a Bishop of Derry and Raphoe
The Ponsonby 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: Pro rege, lege grege
Motto Translation: For the King, law and people.