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Where did the English Pocklington family come from? What is the English Pocklington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pocklington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pocklington family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Pocklington comes from when the family resided in Pocklington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Pocklington is derived from the Old English personal name Pocela and the Old English word tun, which means farm or settlement. The place-name as a whole means "farm of a man called Pocela." Pocklington was in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the Middle Ages; since the English Government reorganized the county system in 1974, it has been in Humberside. Pocklington was recorded as Poclinton in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pocklington has been recorded under many different variations, including Pocklington, Pollington and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pocklington research. Another 282 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pocklington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pocklington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pocklington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pocklington or a variant listed above:

Pocklington Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Pocklington arrived in Pennsylvania in 1792

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The Pocklington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pocklington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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