Ponte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ponte reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Ponte family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ponte family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, derives from the Old English pond, meaning enclosed expanse of water, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a landmark.

Early Origins of the Ponte family

The surname Ponte was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Ponte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ponte research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1180, 1214, 1585, 1602, 1565, 1614, 1623, 1560, 1614 and 1609 are included under the topic Early Ponte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ponte Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Pond, Pont, Ponde, Ponte and others.

Early Notables of the Ponte family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Timothy Pont (c. 1565-1614), Scottish mapmaker - the first man to produce a detailed map of Scotland. Edward Pond ( fl. 1623) was an almanac-maker from Essex. Timothy Pont (c. 1560-1614), was a...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ponte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ponte migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ponte name or one of its variants:

Ponte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Petronila Ponte, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1811 [1]
  • Maria Joseia Ponte, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1821-1831 [1]
  • I P Ponte, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1824 [1]
  • Pedro Ponte, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825 [1]
  • Louis Ponte, who arrived in America in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ponte migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ponte Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Guiseppe Ponte, age 47, who arrived in New York on Jan. 23, 1885, aboard the "Canada"

Contemporary Notables of the name Ponte (post 1700) +

  • Laura Ponte y Martínez (b. 1973), Spanish model from Vigo, daughter of José Manuel Ponte Mittelbrunn (born 1942)
  • Moshe Ponte (b. 1956), Israeli former Olympic silver medalist judoka, President of the Israel Judo Association
  • Gabriele "Gabry" Ponte (b. 1973), Italian DJ, remixer, record producer, and radio personality from Turin, Italy
  • Marcos Cesar Ponte (b. 1963), Brazilian Air Force pilot
  • Dulce José Silva Ponte (b. 1969), Portuguese songwriter and singer
  • Raimondo Ponte (b. 1955), former Swiss-Italian footballer
  • Robson Ponte (b. 1976), Brazilian football player
  • Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838), Italian Venetian librettist and poet, born Emanuele Conegliano, who later moved to New York
  • Carla Del Ponte (b. 1947), Swiss lawyer, who was a Chief Prosecutor at two United Nations international criminal law tribunals and Swiss attorney general


  1. ^ 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)


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