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Subject: Re: The name Ponder
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: April 9, 2007 at 11:15:22 AM
Reply to: The name Ponder by March Rose
Ponder, Pounder, Pender, Pinder, four English surnames with the same meaning. Irish Penders might have a different origin.
A pounder, etc., was a sort of law officer who impounded stray cattle, keeping them in a pound. The owner would pay a fine to recover them, and make reparation for any crops, fences or other property damaged. If they couldn't pay I suppose the cattle would be sold off. So our pounder might have had a sideline as a cattle dealer or auctioneer - but that's just speculation.
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  • The name Ponder - March Rose  Apr 6 2007, 2:23:59 PM
    • Re: The name Ponder - Jim Young  Apr 9 2007, 11:15:22 AM