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About the study
It appears that the surname POCKNALL is a derivative of the name 'PUCHEL' which is of old English origins.
Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, is a character in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream that was based on the ancient figure in English mythology, also called Puck.
History of the name
Two pre-seventh century word 'puca', meaning a goblin, and the diminutive 'pucell' meaning a little goblin are thought be have been a nickname or a personal endearment for a person bearing some claimed resemblance to such a being. It is said that the elf and the goblin are much associated with the counties of Sussex and Kent, and that many fields and hollows were known as 'Puc's hollow' or 'Puc's hole'.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Puchel. This was dated 1200, in the Pipe Rolls of Bedfordshire, during the reign of King John. Subsidy Tax rolls of Sussex in 1296 contained the name Robert de Pukehole. Other early examples taken from surviving Sussex church registers include Tom Pucknoll, christened on December 28th 1569, at Petworth, whilst John, the son of Roger Pocknell was also christened at Petworth, on August 19th 1573, and Edward Pucknell married Elizabeth Bushope on July 12th 1584, at South Berstead. The spelling POCKNALL first appears in the 1700s.
Occurs 438 times in the 1881 Census