The history of the Puntchard family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Puntchard family
The surname Puntchard 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 Puntchard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Puntchard research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1590, 1662 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Puntchard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Puntchard Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Puntchard family name include Punchon, Puncheon, Punchard, Punshardon, Punshow and many more.
Early Notables of the Puntchard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Puntchard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Puntchard family to immigrate North America: 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.