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The surname Polkinghorne was first found in Cornwall 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Polkinghorne, Polkingham, Polkinham and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Polkinghorne research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Polkinghorne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Polkinghorne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Polkinghorne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840
  • Richard Polkinghorne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • Jane R. Polkinghorne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • Peter Polkinghorne, aged 43, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • William Polkinghorne, aged 4, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"


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  • Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe (1813-1893), English entomologist from Cornwall who was mainly interested in Coleoptera
  • James Polkinghorne (1788-1854), Cornish champion wrestler, best known for his match on 23 October 1826 against Abraham Cann of Colebrooke, champion of Devon
  • David Polkinghorne (b. 1956), Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn in the VFL from 1975 to 1984
  • James Polkinghorne (b. 1989), Australian rules footballer for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League
  • Clare Polkinghorne (b. 1989), Australian footballer, member of the Australian National Team (2006-), Brisbane Roar Captain (2007-)
  • The Rev Dr John Polkinghorne KBE, FRS (b. 1930), British particle physicist and theologian, Professor of Mathematical physics at the University of Cambridge from 1968 to 1979
  • Adam William Polkinghorne (b. 1975), Australian cricket player


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  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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