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Where did the English Poynter family come from? What is the English Poynter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Poynter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Poynter family history?The Poynter name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Poynter was originally a name given to someone who worked as a maker of points, which are cords for fastening together doublet and hose; a maker of garter belts. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word poynte, which meant "a tagged lace or cord made of twisted yarn, silk, or leather." It is also possible that the name is derived from the construction term pointing, which is the practice of fastening and sealing roofing tiles with mortar. This practice gained currency in the 13th century and was called pointing.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Poynter are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Poynter include: Pointer, Poynter, Pointier and others.
First found in Berkshire, where Benedict le Puinter was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1206.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poynter research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1273, 1314, 1633, 1593, 1590, 1665, 1626 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Poynter History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poynter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Poynter or a variant listed above:
Poynter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Poynter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Poynter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Poynter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poynter 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.
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