The surname of POYNTON was of the locational group of surnames meaning 'of Pointon' formerly a chapelry in the parish of Semperingham, County Lincoln. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Early records of the name mention Emecina de Poynton, recorded in County Lincolnshire, 1273. John de Poynton (barber) was recorded during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Jordan de Poynton, County Lincoln, ibid. Thomas de Poynton of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name mention William Poynton, residing in the parish of Bunbury in 1617, who was listed in the Wills at Chester, and Randal Poynton of Congelton, appears in the same Wills in the year 1620. Jonathan Poynton and Mary Wood were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1790. James Bewley and Esther Ponton were married at the same church in the year 1795. William Pointing and Elizabeth Wright were also married there in 1809. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The name has many variant spellings which include Pointon, Poynting and Pointing.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at County Chester. (Poynton).
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