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The name Ponte reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Ponte family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ponte 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.

Ponte Early Origins



The surname Ponte 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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Ponte Spelling Variations


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Ponte Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Pond, Pont, Ponde, Ponte and others.

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Ponte Early History


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Ponte Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ponte 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 Ponte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ponte Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ponte Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ponte name or one of its variants:

Ponte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Petronila Ponte, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1811
  • Maria Joseia Ponte, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1821-1831
  • I P Ponte, aged 40, landed in New Orleans, La in 1824
  • Pedro Ponte, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • Louis Ponte, who arrived in America in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ponte Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Guiseppe Ponte, age 47, who arrived in New York on Jan. 23, 1885, aboard the "Canada"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ponte (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ponte (post 1700)



  • Marcos Cesar Ponte (b. 1963), Brazilian Air Force pilot
  • Dulce Josť Silva Ponte (b. 1969), Portuguese songwriter and singer
  • Gabriele "Gabry" Ponte (b. 1973), Italian DJ
  • Raimondo Ponte (b. 1955), former Swiss-Italian footballer
  • Robson Ponte (b. 1976), Brazilian football player
  • Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838), Italian Venetian librettist and poet, born Emanuele Conegliano, who later moved to New York
  • Carla Del Ponte (b. 1947), Swiss lawyer, who was a Chief Prosecutor at two United Nations international criminal law tribunals and Swiss attorney general

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ponte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ponte 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 January 2011 at 15:59.

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