Polding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Polding begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Bealding, which was originally derived from the name Beald. The name was not recorded before the Conquest. [1]

Early Origins of the Polding family

The surname Polding was first found in Lincolnshire, where Joscius filius Balding was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls during the reign of Richard I. Gilbertus filius Balding was also found in Lincolnshire as recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls form 1212. Alice and John Baldyng were found in the Subsidy Rolls from Sussex in 1327, as was Robert Beldyng in 1332. [1]

As far as understanding spelling variations is concerned, we found this interesting entry: "In 1674, Suffolk Anthony Baldin and Bartholomew Baldinge occur side by side with Baldwin, so that Balding is sometimes a late development of Baldwin." [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: William Bolding, Salop (Shropshire.) [2] And in Norfolk, John Bolden was listed there 2 Edward VI (during the second year of the reign of Edward IV). [3]

Early History of the Polding family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Polding research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1251, 1255, 1327, 1327, 1332, 1674, 1513, 1518, 1529 and 1519 are included under the topic Early Polding History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Polding Spelling Variations

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. Polding has been recorded under many different variations, including Balding, Baulding, Baldyne, Bolding, Baldyng, Beldyng, Baldinge, Baldin, Poldin and many more.

Early Notables of the Polding family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Gilebertus filius Baalding, a prominent 13th century landholder in Lincolnshire. Noel Baulduin or Baudouin, was a native of the Netherlands, contemporary with Josquin des Prés, and from 1513 to 1518 chapel-master of the church of Notre Dame at Antwerp, where he died in 1529. Two of his motets were...
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Migration of the Polding family

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 Polding or a variant listed above: Francis Balding, who sailed to Virginia in 1642; Thomas Balding, who was on record in Jamaica in 1661; John Balding, who came to Virginia in 1671; and Judith Balding, who came to America in 1770..


Contemporary Notables of the name Polding (post 1700) +

  • John Bede Polding (1794-1877), English prelate born in Liverpool, 1st Roman Catholic archbishop of Sydney, Australia


The Polding Motto +

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: Sto Ro Veritate
Motto Translation: I stand for the truth.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print


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