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Poyntz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Poyntz reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Poyntz family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Poyntz is based on the Latin-Norman personal name Pontius, "hence, doubtless, as a diminutive the name Puncheon, variant of Punshon." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.

Two other sources claim the name was Norman in origin: having derived from the Old Norman French name Ponche or the Old French name Ponce; [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
and/or from the Norman name Poyntz or Ponz, a branch of the Fitz-Ponce family. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

However, two other very reputable sources are at a loss to the name's origin. "This surname is derived from a nickname. I cannot explain this name." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"Its etymology has not occurred to me." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.



Early Origins of the Poyntz family


The surname Poyntz was first found in various counties throughout Britain. The first record of the family was found in the Pipe Rolls of 1181 where Godfrey, Phillip Punch(e) was listed. Seman Ponche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Robert Punche in Oxfordshire; and Philip Punche in Suffolk. Later the Rolls of Parliament listed John Punche, yeoman of the crown (no date given.) [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

"The manor [of Linch in Sussex] is described in the Domesday Survey under the name of Lince, and at the time when that record was compiled, there were two ministers here, with a church. In the 16th century, the place was parcel of the estates of the dukes of Norfolk; it afterwards became the property of Viscount Montague, and eventually of the family of Poyntz." [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Early History of the Poyntz family


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Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1521, 1480, 1533, 1507, 1522, 1527, 1510, 1556, 1528, 1585, 1559, 1571, 1569, 1570, 1607, 1603 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Poyntz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Poyntz Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Poyntz are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Poyntz include Punch, Poyntz, Pons and others.

Early Notables of the Poyntz family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Francis Poyntz (died 1528), English diplomatist, third son of Sir Robert Poyntz (d. 1521) of Iron Acton, Gloucestershire; and his son, Sir Anthony Poyntz (c.1480-1533), an English diplomat and naval commander, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1507, 1522 and 1527; and his...
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Migration of the Poyntz family to the New World and Oceana


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Poyntz, or a variant listed above:

Poyntz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Poyntz, who settled in Boston in 1737

Poyntz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edmond Poyntz, aged 6, who arrived in America from Sheffield, England, in 1913
  • Ellen Poyntz, aged 4, who arrived in America from Sheffield, England, in 1913
  • Franis Poyntz, aged 35, who arrived in America from Sheffield, England, in 1913
  • Frank Poyntz, aged 8, who arrived in America from Sheffield, England, in 1913
  • Edward Y. Poyntz, aged 24, who arrived in America from New Ross, Ireland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Poyntz (post 1700)


  • Juliet Stuart Poyntz (1866-1937), American member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a founding member of the Communist Party of the United States, Workers Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1924; Workers Candidate for New York State Attorney General, 1928
  • C. P. Poyntz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1888 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • William Poyntz, English politician, High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1786
  • William Stephen Poyntz (1770-1840), English Whig and Liberal politician
  • Edward Stephen Massey Poyntz (1883-1934), English first-class cricketer for Somerset (1905-1919)
  • Hugh Stainton Poyntz DSO OBE (1877-1955), English soldier and first-class cricket for Somerset between 1904 and 1921
  • Sarah Poyntz (b. 1926), Irish journalist and author
  • John Poyntz Spencer KG, PC (1835-1910), 5th Earl Spencer, British Liberal Party politician, two-time Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
  • Stephen Poyntz Denning (1795-1864), English portraitist, artist and curator

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Citations


  1. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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