The ancestors of the Punche family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Punche came from the Latin-Norman personal name
Pontius, "hence, doubtless, as a diminutive the name Puncheon, variant of Punshon." 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; 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. 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." 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." 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 Punche family
The surname Punche 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
in 1327. 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.) 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Punche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Punche research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1533, 1507, 1522, 1527, 1510, 1556, 1528, 1585, 1559, 1571, 1569, 1570, 1607, 1603 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Punche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Punche Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Punch, Poyntz, Pons and others.
Early Notables of the Punche family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Anthony Poyntz (c.1480-1533), an English diplomat and naval commander, High Sheriff
in 1507, 1522 and 1527; and his son, Sir Nicholas Poyntz (1510-c.1556), a prominent English courtier during the latter part of Henry VIII's reign; and his son, Sir Nicholas... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Punche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Punche family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Punche or a variant listed above: James Punch, who settled in Barbados in 1679; Mary Punch, who came to Virginia in 1702; Hans Michael Punch, who came to Pennsylvania in 1737; John Poyntz, who came to Boston in 1737.