Punshoh is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Punshoh family lived in Devon
. Their name, however, is a reference to Pontchardon,
in Argentan, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Punshoh family
The surname Punshoh was first found in Devon
where Robert de Pontcardon held lands in 1083. He was from Pontcardon (Pontchardon), near Neauffla in Normandy
. Almost one hundred
years later, William de Punchardon held six fees in Somerset
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)
Early History of the Punshoh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Punshoh research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1590, 1662 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Punshoh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Punshoh Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Punchon, Puncheon, Punchard, Punshardon, Punshow and many more.
Early Notables of the Punshoh family (pre 1700)
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Punshoh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Punshoh family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Punshoh or a variant listed above were: William Pynchon, who came to in Massachusetts in 1630 with his wife Anne and their four children; Thomas Pinchen, who settled in Barbados in 1663; Michael Pinchard settled in Louisiana in 1719.