The Pinsent Name History
This name originates as a nickname from the Old French,
"pinson" or "pinchon" meaning Finch.
This small singing bird is a symbol of
lightheartedness and gaiety.
The surname first appears in 1166.
Alternate spellings include Pynson (1296),
Pyncshoun (1310) and Pynsent (1524).
In the modern idiom, the name has 6 spellings:
Pinchen, Pinchin(g), Pinchon, Pinshon, Pinson and Pinsent.
The first recorded spelling of the name is that of
Ralph Pincun (1166) in Lincolnshire,
during the reign of King Henry II, known as "The Builder", 1154 - 1189.
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