The name Pouncey arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Pouncey 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 Pouncey family
The surname Pouncey 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 Pouncey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pouncey 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 Pouncey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pouncey Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Punch, Poyntz, Pons and others.
Early Notables of the Pouncey 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 Pouncey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pouncey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pouncey 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.