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

The history of the Poole family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near a pool of water. The surname Poole belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Poole include Pool, Pooley, Poole, Pole, Pull and others.

First found in Dorset at Poole, now a large coastal town and seaport. While today Poole is a large tourist resort, looking back to as early as the Iron Age, this costal town was a major fishing port. The Romans landed at Poole during their conquest of Britain in the 1st century. Years later, the Vikings in 876 landed; Guthrum sailed his fleet through the harbour to attack Wareham, and in later 1015, Canute began his conquest of England here using it as a base to raid and pillage Wessex. Centuries later in the 16th century, Poole would become a major commercial center for the North American colonies, including the vast fisheries of Newfoundland. Accordingly, many Newfoundlanders trace their lineage through Poole or nearby communities.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poole research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1541, 1462, 1505, 1500, 1558, 1566, 1612, 1448, 1601, 1564, 1632, 1597, 1626, 1566, 1612, 1661, 1614, 1648, 1617, 1673, 1640, 1673, 1624, 1679, 1629, 1621, 1629, 1661, 1614, 1648 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Poole History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 471 words(34 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Poole family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Poole or a variant listed above:

  • Elizabeth Poole or Pole (1588-1654) was an English settler in Plymouth Colony who founded the town of Taunton, Massachusetts. She is said to be the first woman known to have founded a town in the Americas

Poole Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Poole who settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Thomas Poole settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Daniel Poole, his wife and child settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Robert Poole settled in Virginia in 1623
  • David Poole, who arrived in Virginia in 1627


Poole Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Poole, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Jacob Poole, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Mary Poole, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Lewis Poole settled in Virginia in 1736
  • Abraham Poole, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Poole Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Poole, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Albert Edward Poole, aged 31, landed in Indiana in 1892
  • William Henry Poole, aged 36, landed in Indiana in 1892

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  • William Frederick Poole (1821-1894), American librarian, bibliographer, and historian
  • Henry Ward Poole (1825-1890), American surveyor, civil engineer, educator and writer, inventor of systems of musical tuning
  • Ernest Poole (1880-1950), American writer
  • Horatio Nelson Poole (1884-1949), American painter and printmaker
  • Quartermaster William B. Poole (1833-1904), American sailor and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Charlie Poole (1892-1931), American old time banjo player and country musician
  • James Richard "Jim" Poole (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ray Smith Poole (1921-2008), American NFL offensive and defensive end
  • Paul Falconer Poole (1807-1879), English painter
  • Cyril John Poole (1921-1996), English cricketer

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  • Early North Carolina Pool Clan of Balden, Anson, Rownan & Davidson Counties by William Lee Poole.
  • Genealogy and Family History of John Pool(e) in America, 1630-1981 by Harry M. Hutchinson.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pollet virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue excels.

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The Poole Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poole 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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