Elizabeth Stephenson's 2005 message refers to problems tracing Pounceys before 1756. In fact, the name Pouncey does not appear in any of the hundreds of pre-1600 English documents upon which Reaney and Wilson's 'Dictionary of English surnames' is based. This suggests that it is a French Huguenot name (derived from the French name 'Poncet' or the Spanish 'Ponce'). There were no Pounceys in North America until circa 1600 (my source: messages on Rootsweb Pouncey board) and that fits the Huguenot hypothesis. Many present-day Pounceys in the UK reside in Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset - but my earliest known Pouncey ancestor was Christopher Pouncey born Hartlepool circa 1785. Of course this is only a hypothesis and like all hypotheses can be proved or disproved. Any comments, anyone?