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Where did the English Pound family come from? What is the English Pound family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pound family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pound family history?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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pound Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Pound Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pound Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pound Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Pound Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Pound Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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