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Pounds is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pounds family 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 surname Pounds 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.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pounds 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 Pounds include Pownd, Pownde, Pound, Pounds, Pounde, de la Pound and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pounds research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1573, 1703, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Pounds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pounds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 and Ireland 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 Pounds, or a variant listed above:
Pounds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pounds Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Pounds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Pounds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pounds 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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