Hi, I'm Destiny and I'm looking for any information on the Punchard family.

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I'm new to wikitree, but I would like to collabrate and find out more information about the Punchard family.
in Genealogy Help by Destiny Punchard G2G Rookie (280 points)

2 Answers

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Doing a quick search, we have 417 Punchard's on WikiTree, so you might need to be more specific. Do you have a particular area or region that you have as a starting place? I notice most of the early Punchard's in the system appear to hail from Suffolk, England. Going into the 1700's, there are some in England and some in the colonies, mostly Connecticut. The later 1700's and 1800's has many in England with a few in Massachusetts.I even spotted an occasional one in Canada or India.

Or is there a particular time period or starting ancestor that you want to begin with? Possibly your grandfather or great-grandfather would be the ideal starting place? If you wanted to share his name, birth date, and birth place I'm sure others could assist.

by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
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If you know the full name of your Punchard grandfather or great grandfather, you could enter it at familysearch.org  which is a free site, and by filling in the blanks for birth year, marriage year and country, county and city, you should get some results. Alternatively, you could indicate that info and many people at WikiTree would be glad to do some searching for additional information. Here's an example of what you could find:

Harvey E Punchard
United States Census, 1940
birth:    1890    Massachusetts
residence:    1940    Election Precinct 33, Jefferson, Colorado, United States    
other:    Faustino Montoya, Edmunda Montoya, Delores Montoya        

Charlie Punchard
United States Census, 1940
birth:    1939    Virginia
residence:    1940    Newport Magisterial District, Warwick, Virginia, United States    
other:    George Pinchard, Anna Pinchard, Marguerite Pinchard        

William H Punchard
United States Census, 1940
birth:    1902    Louisiana
residence:    1940    Police Jury Ward 2, Catahoula, Louisiana, United States    
spouse:    Frissie Punchard
children:    Mary Ruth Punchard, Bessie Bertiel Punchard, Millie Lue Punchard        

Frissie Punchard
United States Census, 1940
birth:    1909    Louisiana
residence:    1940    Police Jury Ward 2, Catahoula, Louisiana, United States    
spouse:    William H Punchard
children:    Mary Ruth Punchard, Bessie Bertiel Punchard, Millie Lue Punchard
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

Another free site has the origins of many surnames is surnamedb.com

Last name: Punchard

Recorded as Punch, Punchard, Punche, and Puncher, this is an English surname, but one which is almost certainly of medieval French origins. It has several possible origins of which the most probable would seem to be from the word "poynte" itself a derivative of the French word "pointe", introduced by the Normans after the conquest of England in 1066. If this is the case then the name is occupational for a maker of pointe, a twisted cord made of yarn, silk, or even leather, and used in the clothing trade for fastening hose and doublet together. However it may also describe "pointing", a term used in the building and construction trade. This occurs when bricks, tiles, or slates, were "pointed" with mortar to prevent water from entering. A third possibility is that the name is a derivative of the Olde French word "ponz" itself from the Latin pontius, and describing either a person from Pontus in Asia Minor, or perhaps more logically one who lived by a pontes or bridge. The name where it occurs with the agent suffix "-er" would suggest that it refers to one who lived or worked on a bridge. We have found no evidence to suggest with this name any connection with "cow punchers", a term used in the Wild West for a cowboy. The first known recording is probably that of Walterus Poinz in the Domeday Book for England in 1086 in the county of Berkshire, Godfrey Punch in the Pipe Rolls of the city of London in 1181, Robert Puncard of Oxford in 1230, and John Puncare in the assize rolls of Somerset in 1243.

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