Major Settlement in the Parish of Poundon
- Paundon 1255 For
- Pondon 1291 Tax
- Powendone 1316 FA
The paucity of forms and the corruptness of the first makes the etymology of this name very uncertain but it may be from OE Pohhandun , Pohha being a name which is actually on record in OE and occurs in the name of Poughley (Berks). If so, the a in the first form is a mistake. Professor Zachrisson suggests alternatively derivation from OE pawa , 'peacock,' possibly used as a pers. name. This would explain both the a - and the o - forms but the existence of such a name is very doubtful and the site forbids the idea of peacocks themselves.
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