Pownceby is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pownceby family lived in Cumberland
, at Ponsonby
, from whence the family derived their name.
Early Origins of the Pownceby family
The surname Pownceby was first found in Cumberland
at Ponsonby, a parish, in the union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"Before the adoption of the surname, they are said to have been of Hale, in the same county. Still earlier, according to a family tradition, they were of the noble rank in Picardy, the founder of the house in England
having come over with the Conqueror, who appointed him his Barber! The three combs in the arms of Ponsonby are alleged in support of this story, and if further evidence can possibly be desired, the chevron that separates them may adumbrate the open razor, wherewithal the dread face of the mighty Conqueror was denuded of its manly appendage!" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Pownceby family
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Pownceby Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pownceby has been recorded under many different variations, including Ponsonby, Pounceby, Pownceby and others.
Early Notables of the Pownceby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pownceby family to Ireland
Some of the Pownceby family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Pownceby family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pownceby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary A. Pownceby, aged 30, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
Contemporary Notables of the name Pownceby (post 1700)
- Soulan James Pownceby (b. 1975), New Zealand boxer
The Pownceby 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: Pro rege, lege grege
Motto Translation: For the King, law and people.