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A family name origin certificate, created and sold by "The Historical Research Center," posits that the Pouncey name came from the Loire Valley of France ca the 13th century, and that it came from several villages with names ending in the syllable "ce" located on bridges (ponts) across the river, hence les ponts de ce. The certificate alleges that the name de Pouance was recorded in France in 1295. Take that for what it is worth in the marketplace. The direct ancestors of the U.S. Pounceys almost certainly were residents of Dorset--see David Underdown's book, "Fire From Heaven." John Pouncey, who first appears in Virginia land records in 1634, was granted land in return for bringing settlers to the colony from England, including, it appears, a wife named Ann Galloway. Anthony Pouncey of Virginia (ca 1710-1767) may be related to John, George, and Roger Pouncey of 17th-century Virginia/Maryland, with English roots. As for Scotland, The Scots Ancestry Research Society wrote me in 1992, "The name Ponce (and varients) does not appear in Dr. G.F. Black's Surnames of Scotland." I suspect that U.S. Pounceys have no ancestors in Scotland nor Ireland.