Pouncay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Pouncay comes from the Latin-Norman personal name
Pontius, "hence, doubtless, as a diminutive the name Puncheon, variant of Punshon." CITATION[CLOSE]
Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
Two other sources claim the name was Norman in origin: having derived from the Old Norman French name Ponche or the Old French name Ponce; CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) and/or from the Norman name Poyntz or Ponz, a branch of the Fitz-Ponce family. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
However, two other very reputable sources are at a loss to the name's origin. "This surname is derived from a nickname. I cannot explain this name." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) "Its etymology has not occurred to me." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Pouncay family
The surname Pouncay was first found in various counties throughout Britain. The first record of the family was found in the Pipe Rolls
of 1181 where Godfrey, Phillip Punch(e) was listed. Seman Ponche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Robert Punche in Oxfordshire; and Philip Punche in Suffolk
. Later the Rolls of Parliament listed John Punche, yeoman of the crown (no date given.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"The manor [of Linch in Sussex] is described in the Domesday Survey under the name of Lince, and at the time when that record was compiled, there were two ministers here, with a church. In the 16th century, the place was parcel of the estates of the dukes of Norfolk; it afterwards became the property of Viscount Montague, and eventually of the family of Poyntz." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pouncay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pouncay research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1533, 1507, 1522, 1527, 1510, 1556, 1528, 1585, 1559, 1571, 1569, 1570, 1607, 1603 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Pouncay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pouncay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Punch, Poyntz, Pons and others.
Early Notables of the Pouncay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Anthony Poyntz (c.1480-1533), an English diplomat and naval commander, High Sheriff
in 1507, 1522 and 1527; and his son, Sir Nicholas Poyntz (1510-c.1556), a prominent English courtier during the latter part of Henry VIII's reign; and his son, Sir Nicholas... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pouncay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pouncay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pouncay or a variant listed above: James Punch, who settled in Barbados in 1679; Mary Punch, who came to Virginia in 1702; Hans Michael Punch, who came to Pennsylvania in 1737; John Poyntz, who came to Boston in 1737.