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Pont is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pont family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, derives from the Old English pond, meaning enclosed expanse of water, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a landmark.

Pont Early Origins



The surname Pont was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Pont Spelling Variations


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Pont Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pont are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pont include Pond, Pont, Ponde, Ponte and others.

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Pont Early History


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Pont Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pont research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1180, 1214, 1565, 1585, 1602, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Pont History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pont Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pont Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pont Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pont, or a variant listed above:

Pont Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Vieu Pont, who landed in New York, NY in 1663

Pont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fernando Pont, aged 20, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1853
  • Francis Pont, who landed in Mississippi in 1860
  • Jorge Pont, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1862
  • Joachim Pont, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pont (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pont (post 1700)



  • Alfred Irénée du Pont (1864-1935), American industrialist
  • Henry Algernon du Pont (1838-1926), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1896, 1908, 1912; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1906-17; Defeated, 1916
  • Francis Victor du Pont (b. 1894), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1944, 1948; Member of Republican National Committee from Delaware, 1952
  • Francis I. du Pont, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware, 1913
  • Ethel Hallock du Pont, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1924, 1928; Member of Republican National Committee from Delaware, 1924
  • Eleuthere I. du Pont, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1956
  • Denise M. Du Pont, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Montana State House of Representatives 58th District, 2010
  • Charles Irénée du Pont (1797-1869), American politician, Member of Delaware State Senate, 1841-44, 1853-56
  • Alfred Irénée du Pont (1864-1935), American Republican politician, Vice-president of the DuPont Powder Company; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1916
  • Henry Belin du Pont Jr. (1898-1970), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1936
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Pont Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pont Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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