Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Ponce m. Latin Pontius, the name of a Roman gens, used by the Samnites, an Italic tribe. The gens name may derive from the region Pontus on the shores of the Black Sea.

The name of a Roman prefect of Judea who presided over the trial of Jesus, a 3rd C Carthaginian saint, and a 12th C Spanish saint.

The name was quite common in France throughout the Early Middle Ages.

England
Latin
1189 Ponch (nom) GASurv p. 210; 1352 Poncio (abl) SocAntNor-3-3 no. 12
France
Latin
952 Poncioni (dat) St-Bernard-Romans no. 108; 11thC Poncius (nom) ibid. 135; c11thC Poncius (nom) ibid. no. 91; 11thC Poncius (nom) StVdM-II 677, Pontius (nom) ibid. 710; 1018x1032 Poncii (gen) ibid. 666; 1030 Poncius (nom) ibid. 682, Pontius (nom) ibid. 678; 1031 Pontius (nom) ibid. 684; 1038 Pontius (nom) ibid. 719; c1040 Poncio (abl) ibid. 671, Pontio (abl) ibid. 724, Pontium (acc) ibid. 671, Pontius (nom) ibid. 725; 1040x1080 Pontius (nom) ibid. 664; 1044 Pontius (nom) ibid. 659; 1046 Poncii (gen) St-Bernard-Romans 123, Poncius (nom) ibid. 123; 1048 Pontius (nom) StVdM-II 737; 1049x1061 Pontio (abl) ibid. 661; c1050 Poncius (nom) ibid. 672, Pontius (nom) ibid. 672; 1055 Poncius (nom) ibid. 739, Pontius (nom) ibid. 739; 1059 Poncius (nom) ibid. 687; 1060 Poncius (nom) ibid. 730, Pontii (gen) ibid. 730; c1060 Pontius (nom) ibid. 662; 1060 Pontius (nom) ibid. 730; 1062 Poncius (nom) ibid. 692, Pontius (nom) ibid. 692; 1064x1079 Poncius (nom) ibid. 690; 1065x1079 Pontius (nom) ibid. 663; 1066 Pontius (nom) ibid. 698; 1069 Pontius (nom) ibid. 717; 1070 Poncius (nom) ibid. 740; 1073 Pontii (gen) ibid. 679; 1075 Poncius (nom) ibid. 731, Pontius (nom) ibid. 731; 1082x1087 Poncius (nom) St-Bernard-Romans no. 120; 1083 Poncii (gen) ibid. no. 119; 1094 Poncii (gen) StVdM-II 686; 1096 Poncius (nom) St-Bernard-Romans 138; 1122–1126 Pontius (nom) clairvaux-12thc 3; 1129 Poncius (nom) StVdM-II 735; 1135 Pontii (gen) clairvaux-12thc 7, Pontio (abl) ibid. 7, Pontius (nom) ibid. 7; 1138x1162 Poncii (nom) ibid. 73, Poncius (nom) ibid. 66, Pontii (gen) ibid. 73, Pontius (nom) ibid. 66; 1143x1146 Pontius (nom) ibid. 12; 1147 Poncii (gen) ibid. 16, Pontii (gen) ibid. 15, Pontius (nom) ibid. 14; 1147x1162 Poncii (gen) ibid. 47, Pontii (gen) ibid. 47; 1155 Pontii (gen) ibid. 30; 1158 Pontius (nom) StVdM-II 702; 1163 Poncii (gen) clairvaux-12thc 95, Pontii (gen) ibid. 95; 1166 Pontio (abl) ibid. 130; 1168 Pontii (gen) ibid. 133; 1177 Poncius (nom) ibid. 165; 1178 Poncii (gen) ibid. 166, Poncio (abl) ibid. 166, Pontii (gen) ibid. 166; 1179 Pontius (nom) ibid. 176; 1258 Poncius (nom) CartNDdOurscamp VIII; 1259 Poncius (nom) ArrestReg-volI VII, Pentecost; 1261 Poncii (gen) ibid. VI, BMV; 1273 Poncium (acc) RegToul-13thC p. 19, Pontii (gen) ibid. p. 26, Pontio (abl) ibid. p. 27, Pontius (nom) ibid. p. 26; 1274 Poncii (gen) ibid. p. 44, Poncio (abl) ibid. p. 48, Poncius (nom) ibid. p. 44, Pontii (gen) ibid. p. 49, Pontio (abl) ibid. p. 44, Pontium (acc) ibid. p. 46, Pontius (nom) ibid. p. 44; 1275 Pontio (abl) ibid. p. 42; 1300 Poncii (gen) St-Bernard-Romans 382; 1306 Poncii (gen) LibSenTou fol. 118; 1376 Poncius (nom) St-Bernard-Romans 383; 1378 Poncio (abl) hanquetvol1 32, Poncius (nom) ibid. 32
11thC Poncionis (gen) St-Bernard-Romans 135; 1064x1079 Poncio (abl) StVdM-II 690; 1300 Ponczonus (nom) St-Bernard-Romans 382
Old French
1313 Poince Paris1313 p. 76, Ponche ibid. p. 66; 1337 Ponce (obl) NDParisII 1-LII
1313 Poincet Paris1313 p. 102
Middle French
1421 Poncelet favier 348, Poncellet ibid. 1202; 1438 Poncet ibid. 446
Italy
Latin
1376 Poncii (gen) DouGen1 p. 259; 1464 Pontius (nom) CUP-III-I CCXXXI
Portugal
Latin
1217 Pontius (nom) PHGCRP-I no. 21
Spain
Latin
1016 Poncio (nom) CDCB-XV MMCLXXIII; 1087 Poncii (gen) ibid. MMCCV; 1145 Pontio (abl) AnnOPraem-2 col. ccccxxvi; 1190 Poncii (gen) CDCB-XV MMCCVI; 1192 Poncii (gen) ibid. MMCCVIII, Pontio (abl) ibid. MMCCVIII
Catalan
13thC Ponç RusGeb p. 266; 1250 Ponz ibid. p. 274; 1510 Ponç valencia1510 2899
Switzerland
Latin
1150 Poncius (nom) CartHaut 4; 1163 Pontius (nom) ibid. 13
14thCx1478 Poncetus (nom) Ob-SPVn (29)
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Ponce". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Ponce.