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When the ancestors of the Pound family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, is a reference to the Old English word pound, meaning an enclosure where animals were kept, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a structure.

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The surname Pound was first found in Hampshire where they were granted lands by Wiliam the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Drayton in that shire. Unfortunately the grant and details of the village and lands of Drayton, according to the Domesday Book taken in 1086 have been lost, and it is not possible to identify the residence at that time.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pound has been recorded under many different variations, including Pownd, Pownde, Pound, Pounds, Pounde, de la Pound and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pound research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1573, 1703, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Pound History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Pounds were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Pound Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jno Pound, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • John Pound, who settled in Jamaica in 1665
  • James Pound settled in Barbados in 1684
  • Susanna Pound settled in Virginia in 1698

Pound Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Pound settled in Maryland in 1774

Pound Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Franklin Pound, who landed in New York in 1845
  • Edward Pound settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858

Pound Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Daniel Pound U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Daniel Pound U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786

Pound Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Edward Pound, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick

Pound Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Pound arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • George H. Pound, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • George Pound, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • William Pound, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart"

Pound Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Pound, aged 31, a railway labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Sarah A. Pound, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • George Pound, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Lottie Pound, aged 2 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

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  • Thompson Pound, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1980
  • Thaddeus Coleman Pound (1833-1914), American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 1870-72; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 8th District, 1877-83
  • Stephen B. Pound, American politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1873; Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1875
  • Kenneth Pound, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1952
  • John B. Pound, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • James H. Pound, American politician, Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1898, 1912; Democratic Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1899; Candidate for justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1903
  • Cuthbert Winfred Pound (b. 1864), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 29th District, 1894-95; Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1906-16; Judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1915
  • William Pound, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Dakota Territory, 1872-77
  • Roscoe Pound (1870-1964), American legal scholar
  • Robert Pound (b. 1919), American physicist, eponym of the Pound-Rebka experiment

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  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Pound Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pound Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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