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The name Pownall was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pownall family lived in Cheshire, at Pownall, from whence they derived their name.

Pownall Early Origins



The surname Pownall was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Pownall Spelling Variations


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Pownall Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pownall, Pownal, Pownell, Pownel and others.

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Pownall Early History


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Pownall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pownall research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1722, 1757, and 1805 are included under the topic Early Pownall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pownall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pownall Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pownall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pownall or a variant listed above:

Pownall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Pownall and his wife Eleanor settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with six children
  • George Pownall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pownall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pownall (post 1700)



  • Joseph D. Pownall, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860
  • Hetzel S. Pownall (1895-1950), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for West Virginia State Senate 14th District, 1934; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1948
  • David Pownall (b. 1938), American author
  • Charles Alan Pownall, American Governor of Guam from 1946 to 1949
  • Thomas Pownall (1722-1805), English colonial governor in North America
  • Leon Pownall (1943-2006), Welsh born Canadian actor and director
  • Lieutenant General Sir Henry Royds Pownall KCB, KBE, DSO (1887-1961), Chief of Staff to the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France and Belgium in WWII
  • Charles Alan Pownall (1887-1975), United States Navy Rear Admiral and 3rd Military Governor of Guam

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Pownall Historic Events


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Pownall Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Pownall, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John James Pownall, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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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: Officium praesto
Motto Translation: I perform my duty.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    The Pownall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pownall 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2015 at 09:44.

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