Pounce is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It 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 Pounce family
The surname Pounce 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 Pounce family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pounce research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1521, 1480, 1533, 1507, 1522, 1527, 1510, 1556, 1528, 1585, 1559, 1571, 1569, 1570, 1607, 1603 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Pounce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pounce Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pounce family name include Punch, Poyntz, Pons and others.
Early Notables of the Pounce family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Francis Poyntz (died 1528), English diplomatist, third son of Sir Robert Poyntz (d. 1521) of Iron Acton, Gloucestershire; and his son, Sir Anthony Poyntz (c.1480-1533), an English diplomat and naval commander, High Sheriff
in 1507, 1522 and 1527; and his... Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pounce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pounce family to Ireland
Some of the Pounce family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pounce family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pounce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Pounce, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Ramillies" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1853.shtml.