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Early Origins of the Polan family

The surname Polan was first found in Silesia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Mertin Polan of Liegnitz in 1429, and Johann am Pohle in 1546. Often the name meant "from or living near Poland," but "Am Pohle" meant living on or near swampland.

Early History of the Polan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Polan research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1706, 1722, 1815, 1846, 1624, 1695, 1819, 1887, 1826 and 1896 are included under the topic Early Polan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Polan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pohl, Pohle, Polan, Pohlan, Pohland, Pohlmann, Poehl and many more.

Early Notables of the Polan family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Polan were David Pohle (1624-1695), a German composer of the Baroque era; Carl Ferdinand Pohl (1819-1887), who was a prominent...
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United States Polan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Polan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Polan, who landed in Maryland in 1818 [1]
  • Andres Polan, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • Bartolome Polan, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]
  • Owen Polan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Polan (post 1700) +

  • Jason Daniel Polan (1982-2020), American artist born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Charles M. Polan Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1973-84 (Cabell County 1973-74, 11th District 1975-82, 13th District 1983-84); Defeated, 1970 [2]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook