Polen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Polen is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Polen came from the Norman-Christian given name Paulinus, which belonged to an early settler Anglo-Norman settler.

Early Origins of the Polen family

The surname Polen was first found in Staffordshire from very ancient times, and Lincolnshire where they were Lords of the Manor of Odcombe. The origin of the name has long since faded into the mists of time but most scholars give the name as a Norman Christian name belonging to a settler, Paulinus, who landed in England soon after the Norman Conquest.

Early History of the Polen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Polen research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 163 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Polen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Polen Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Polen has been recorded under many different variations, including Paulin, Paulyn, Pollen, Pollyn, Pollin, Polyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Polen family (pre 1700)

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

Polen Ranking

In the United States, the name Polen is the 11,322nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Polen family to Ireland

Some of the Polen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Polen migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Polens were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Polen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Melis Van Polen, who arrived in Iowa in 1857 [2]
  • J. Polen, aged 5, who arrived in America from Finland, in 1892
  • Jantje Polen, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Johan B. Polen, aged 10, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • William Polen, aged 62, who arrived in America, in 1897
Polen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Philip Polen, aged 43, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • G. Polen, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Eva Polen, aged 49, who arrived in America from Dubora, Hungary, in 1909
  • Mottel Polen, aged 26, who arrived in America from Litten, Russia, in 1910
  • Nikolaus Polen, aged 27, who arrived in America from Budapest, Hungary, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Polen (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Polen (b. 1951), American former football coach for the Pittsburg State Gorillas
  • Doug Polen (b. 1960), American former world champion motorcycle road racer
  • Robert Caylor Polen, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marshall County, 1967-7 [3]
  • Robert Polen, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928 [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


Houseofnames.com on Facebook