THE NAME AND IT'S VARIANTS
The name of Punchard appears first in England on the Roll of Battle Abbey. Holinshed
spells it PUNCHARDOUN; Duchesne and Stow PUNCHARDON; and on the Dives Roll it is found as PONTCHARDON.
This last form is the nearest to Pontcardon, a village close to Neuffla, in Normandy, where the family
was noted in the ninth and tenth centuries.
It is variously written, in the old documents, Punchard, Ponchard, and even
Porchardon; Punchet is mentioned by Stow; Punigiant, alias Puniant, is in Brady's Catalogue
of the Great Tenants, taken from the Domesday Book. Altogether, in England and France, the word has
more than fifty variants; the chief of which, omitting the final "don" or
"doun", are as follows: