The history of the Pounte family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. 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.
Early Origins of the Pounte family
The surname Pounte 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 Pounte family
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Pounte Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pownd, Pownde, Pound, Pounds, Pounde, de la Pound and others.
Early Notables of the Pounte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pounte family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pounte or a variant listed above were: 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.