Show ContentsPonton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ponton surname was taken on from any of the many place names in Italy called Ponte, or from places derived from the Italian word "ponte," which means "bridge." Local names are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility.

Early Origins of the Ponton family

The surname Ponton was first found in Emilia-Romagna. Although this name arose independently in various parts of Italy, the first recorded instances of the name found are of the Ponte di Venezi family, ennobled in 1297, who are said to be originally of Ferrara. There are more than fourteen municipalities and parishes found in Italy today.

Early History of the Ponton family

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Ponton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ponte, Ponti, Da Ponte, Dal Ponte, Del Ponte, Pontello, Pontelli, Pontel, Ponticiello, Ponticelli, Pontillo, Pontini, Pontoni, Ponton, Pontiroli, Pontalti, Pontano, Pontormo and many more.

Early Notables of the Ponton family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-c.1438), Italian, Florentine painter; as well as Giovanni Pontano, a 15th century humanist, poet, and diplomat from Cerreto who served three Kings of Naples. Piero del Ponte (1462-1535) was the 45th Grand Master of the Order of Saint John between 1534 and 1535. He hailed from Asti, in northern Italy and was a descendant of the...
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Ponton Ranking

In the United States, the name Ponton is the 13,182nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Ponton is ranked the 6,033rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Ponton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ponton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Ponton, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [3]
Ponton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G Ponton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Jose Ponton, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1879 [3]

Australia Ponton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ponton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Ponton who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Thomas Ponton, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [5]

New Zealand Ponton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ponton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Jane Ponton, (b. 1844), aged 26, English settler, from Wiltshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [6]
  • Mr. James Ponton, (b. 1845), aged 25, English coach painter, from Wiltshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ponton (post 1700) +

  • Rod Ponton, American lawyer, District Attorney, Brewster County
  • Kirk Ponton, American actor and producer, known for The Reunion (2011), The Velvet Elvis (2012) and Blue Collar Boys (2013)
  • Jen Ponton, American actress, known for her work on The Weirdos Next Door (2014), Free the Nipple (2014) and Jack & Diane (2012)
  • Dr. Lynn Elisabeth Ponton (b. 1951), American child and adolescent psychiatrist, Professor at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Mr. Michael Thomas John Ponton M.B.E., British former Community Independent Member for Hywel Dda University Health Board, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Healthcare [7]
  • Yvan Ponton (b. 1945), Canadian actor from Quebec, known for his work on Slap Shot (1977), Les Boys (2007) and Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
  • Yvan Ponton (b. 1945), Canadian actor, commentator and television host from Quebec
  • Mungo Ponton FRS (1801-1880), Scottish inventor who created a method of permanent photography based on sodium dichromate in 1839, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook