Poynton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Poynton family

The surname Poynton was first found in East Riding of Yorkshire at Boynton, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book where it was first listed as Bouintone. [1]

"Boynton Hall, the residence of the Baronet, is a lofty and handsome mansion, beautifully situated upon an eminence in a richly wooded park; the acclivities present some fine plantations, and a large sheet of water ornaments the grounds." [2]

"Bartholomew de Bovington, living a the beginning of the 12th century, stands at the head of the pedigree; other authorities mention Sir Ingram de Boynton of Aclam who lived in the reign of Henry III, as the first ancestor." [3]

The parish of Roxby in the North Riding of Yorkshire had some more early records of the family. "This place, in the Domesday Survey called Rozebi, was formerly the property of the Boynton family, who had a considerable mansion here, and in the reign of Henry V. founded a chapel of ease to the rectory of Hinderwell, of which they were patrons." [2]

Much further to the south in the parish of Lanteglos, Cornwall, Robert de Boyton in the reign of Edward I. gave the the church of Lanteglos, to the hospital of St. James at Bridgewater. [4]

Early History of the Poynton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poynton research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1471, 1600, 1591, 1647, 1618, 1695, 1641, 1689, 1680, 1685, 1664 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Poynton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Poynton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Boynton, Boyntun, Bointon, Bointen, Boynten and many more.

Early Notables of the Poynton family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Matthew Boynton, 1st Baronet of Barmston, Yorkshire (1591–1647); Sir Francis Boynton, 2nd Baronet of Barmston, Yorkshire...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poynton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Poynton family to Ireland

Some of the Poynton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Poynton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Poynton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Poynton, who arrived in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts in 1792 [5]

Canada Poynton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Poynton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Brereton Poynton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761

Australia Poynton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Poynton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Poynton, aged 39, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia" [6]

New Zealand Poynton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Poynton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Poynton (1802-1892), Irish convict who was transported to Sydney in 1822 where he met his future wife Mary Poynton (1812-1891); together they were among the first Catholic families to settle in New Zealand and instrumental in bringing Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier to New Zealand

Contemporary Notables of the name Poynton (post 1700) +

  • Robert Andrew Poynton (b. 1957), American actor, known for his work on The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina (2002), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Charles Grodin (1995)
  • Harold Poynton (1936-2018), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s from Lupset, Wakefield, England
  • Thomas "Tommy" Poynton (1885-1942), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1910s
  • Cecil Poynton (1901-1983), English professional footballer who played from 1923 to 1934
  • Arthur Blackburne Poynton (1867-1944), English classical scholar, Master of University College, Oxford (1935-1937)
  • Dr. Frederic John Poynton M.D. F.R.C.P. (1869-1943), English physician who studied rheumatism in children
  • Thomas Poynton (b. 1989), English cricketer
  • Charles A. Poynton, Canadian technical consultant and writer, awarded the David Sarnoff Gold Medal in 1993, founder of the Poynton Vector Corporation which was contracted by NASA to convert the Space Shuttle's television signal to NTSC (1985-1995)
  • Adrian Poynton, British screenwriter, playwright and stand up comedian, known for Family Tools (2013), White Van Man (2010) and Trollied (2011)
  • Alexander Poynton OBE (1853-1935), Australian politician, an inaugural member of the Australian House of Representatives (1901-1903)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Fred Poynton, British Air Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]


The Poynton 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: Il tempo passa
Motto Translation: Time passes.


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 15 November 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Olivia 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/olivia1853.shtml.
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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