The name Pount arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pount 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.
Early Origins of the Pount family
The surname Pount 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.
Early History of the Pount family
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Pount Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pownd, Pownde, Pound, Pounds, Pounde, de la Pound and others.
Early Notables of the Pount family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pount family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pount or a variant listed above: John Pound, who settled in Jamaica in 1665; Susanna Pound settled in Virginia in 1698; James Pound settled in Barbados in 1684; Edward Pound settled in Maryland in 1774.