The Puncher surname
When my brother met a man at a fair
A few years after I'd purchased my information from a man at a craft fair, my brother met a similar
man at a similar fair. This is what he came away with:
PuncherSPELLING VARIANTS. All modern languages have
evolved from many influences. These influences, together with the semi literacy of early clerks mean
there will be
varying spellings in your own family history, especially before 1750. Also many surnames have
varying modern spellings. In the instance of your surname 'Punchard' is the only recorded,
modern spelling variant.
EARLY RECORDS. Hereditary surnames began to be given following the Norman Conquest of 1066. Most
families possessed a surname by the 1400's in England, Scotland and Ireland, and by the 1700's in
Wales. Documents show the following attested records for your surname
Olyver Puncharde - 1243 - Somerset
Wyllam Ponchard - 1546 - Barnstaple
John Puncher - 1758 - Northam both in Devon
ORIGINS. Generally, surnames are derived from just one of four sources:
The origin of your surname is
- 'Local' surnames from a place where a man once resided or held land.
- 'Baptismal' surnames from the personal name of an ancestor.
- 'Occupational' surnames from the trade or office of the bearer.
- 'Nicknames' from a personal characteristic or peculiarity.
Son of a man named 'Ponchard', an Old Norman
French personal name brought in the wake of the conquest.
A pet form of 'Ponche', itself Latinized
as 'Pontius', originally from 'Pontus' in Asia Minor, from the Greek 'pontos' meaning 'ocean'.