Pouncefoot is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Pouncefoot family lived in Gloucestershire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Pouncefoot family
The surname Pouncefoot was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Hasfield. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in the year 1086 A.D., a survey of England
initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the chief tenant
of Hasfield was Westminster Abbey and holding the land from the Abbey was Thurstan FitzRolf. It is from this latter Norman noble that the Paunceforts are conjecturally descended. Pancevold was a tenant-in-chief at the survey, and Pancefolt was an under-tenant. They held this manor until 1598. The name is derived from the French Pancevolt.
Early History of the Pouncefoot family
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Pouncefoot Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.
Early Notables of the Pouncefoot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pouncefoot family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pouncefoot or a variant listed above: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.
The Pouncefoot Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pensez forte
Motto Translation: Think firmly.
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