Poynings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Poynings family

The surname Poynings was first found in Sussex at Poynings, a parish, in the union of Steyning, hundred of Poynings, rape of Lewes. "A brook which rises at the bottom of the Dyke, supplied the Barons Poynings, in whom the manor was vested from a period soon after the Conquest, with several fish-ponds, one of which, since transferred to the rectory in exchange, covers about two acres. " [1] The surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Poyning, held by a vassal of the Earl of Warren, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The Pynings were from the Pays de Caux between the forest of Eawy and the Siene which was the caput of the Warrens.

Early History of the Poynings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poynings research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1339, 1337, 1317, 1369, 1510, 1600, 1548, 1545, 1317, 1369, 1316, 1294, 1338, 1339, 1339, 1459, 1521, 1494 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Poynings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Poynings Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Poynings, Poining, Poinyn, Poyning, Ponings, Ponings and many more.

Early Notables of the Poynings family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Michael de Poynings or Poyngs (1317-1369), 2nd Baron Poynings, eldest son of Thomas, first Baron. The family had been settled at Poynings, Sussex, as early as the reign of Stephen, and Michael's grandfather, Michael de Poynings (d. 1316), received a summons to parliament on 8 June 1294. His son Thomas was one of the guardians of the sea-coast of Sussex on 1 April...
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Migration of the Poynings family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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