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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 surname Pocklington was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 United States in the 18th Century

  • William Pocklington arrived in Pennsylvania in 1792
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  • Henry Cabourn Pocklington FRS (1870-1952), English physicist and mathematician who discovered Pocklington's primality test in 1914 and Pocklington's algorithm
  • Peter Hugh Pocklington (b. 1941), Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and former sports executive, owner of the Edmonton Oilers (1976-1988)
  • Jim Pocklington (b. 1963), British racing driver
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    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    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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