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

The name Pulsford first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the parish of Pulford, in Cheshire, a few miles from the City of Chester. The place-name is derived from the Old English words pul or pol, which mean pool, and ford, which is a place where a river may be crossed by wading. The place-name as a whole means "river crossing near a pool." The place-name was recorded as Pulford in the Domesday Book, [1] compiled in 1086. The surname means "one who comes from Pulford," or alternatively "dweller by the river crossing where there is a pool."

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pulsford has appeared include Pulford, Pullford and others.

First found in Cheshire 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 Pulsford research. Another 268 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1190 is included under the topic Early Pulsford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pulsford arrived in North America very early: William Pulford, who arrived in Barbados in 1664; Robert Pulforth, who arrived in Maryland in 1681; Brian Pulford, who came to Virginia in 1697; Thomas Pulford, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1751.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Pulsford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pulsford 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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