The name Poundford was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Poundford family lived in Gloucestershire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Poundford family
The surname Poundford 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 Poundford family
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Poundford Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Poundford are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Poundford include Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.
Early Notables of the Poundford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Poundford family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Poundford, or a variant listed above: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.
The Poundford 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.