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This interesting surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin with variant spellings Pinder, Pindar, Pindor, and Pender, is an occupational name for an official who was responsible for rounding up stray animals and placing them in a pound, deriving from an agent derivative of the Middle English "pin(en)", Olde English pre 7th Century "pyndan", meaning "to shut up, or to enclose". The surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below), and further recordings include one William le Pendere (1231), in the Calendar of the Patent Rolls, Essex, and Richard le Pundere (1296), recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex.

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