The name Punshon reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Punshon 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 Punshon family
The surname Punshon 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 Punshon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Punshon research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1590, 1662 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Punshon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Punshon Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Punshon include Punchon, Puncheon, Punchard, Punshardon, Punshow and many more.
Early Notables of the Punshon family (pre 1700)
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Punshon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Punshon family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Punshons to arrive on North American shores:
Punshon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Punshon, who landed in America in 1802 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)