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About the study
The original Norman name was de Punchardon and this contracted over the centuries to Punchardon, then Punchard. Variations mainly occuring due to dialect pronunciations being recorded in Church Registers and Indexes.
Historical occurrences of the name
Between 1837 and 2001 there have been 1444 entries in the GRO Birth Index.
Between 1837 and 200 there have been 850 marriages in the GRO Marriage Index.
Distribution of the name
Devon - distinct branches North and South to other counties, USA, Australia,
Norfolk - branches to other counties
Suffolk - branches to Lancashire, Yorkshire, London, USA, Canada
Puncher: one branch orginating in North Devon spreading to South Wales & Hampshire circa late 1800's
Puncher: another branch originating in Suffolk spreading to Essex & Hertfordshire circa late 1800's
Ponchard: originating in Bristol circa 1700's, this branch exclusively in Australia.
All GRO births, marriages, deaths
Ongoing extractions of 1841 - 1911 Census.
Access to all 1841 - 1911 Census Images. A few 1911 Census page transcriptions.