Poley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Poley family

The surname Poley was first found in Cornwall where "in the ancient deeds of the Cornish family, the spellings Polwhele and Polhill are employed indifferently. The Polhills were certainly at Detling, co. Kent, in or before the reign of Edward II. An old spelling of the family was Polley." [1]

"Polwhele, the seat of an ancient family of this name, is in this parish. The present representative is the Rev. Richard Polwhele, who now resides at Kenwyn, of whose literary character we have already spoken. The ancestors of this gentleman are said to have settled here prior to the Norman Conquest. Drogo de Polwhele was chamberlain to the empress Maude, early in the twelfth century, perhaps not fifty years after the Conquest. Their ancient castle, William of Worcester described as in ruins, about the middle of the fifteenth century. No vestige of this building remains; and the manor house, until lately repaired, discovered the effects of age, and furnished strong intimations of having passed through better days." [2]

Once more into the archives we delved to find Walter de Polhey in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1248; William de Poleye in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 for Berkshire; Elias de Polye, de Polee in the Hundredorum Rolls for Norfolk in 1275; William de Polleye in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275; William Polleye in early Colchester record for 1346; and John Poley in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1379. [3]

Early History of the Poley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poley research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1140, 1574, 1805, 1555, 1619, 1671, 1654, 1707, 1674, 1754, 1568, 1602, 1586, 1622, 1694, 1654 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Poley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Poley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Polhill, Polwhele, Polwel, Polhel, Polhal, Polley and many more.

Early Notables of the Poley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Margaret Polley (died 1555), English Protestant martyr from Rochester, Kent; Sir Edmund Poley (1619-1671), Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds; and his son, Henry Poley (1654-1707), an English Member of Parliament; and David Polhill (1674-1754), British politician, MP for Rochester, Bramber and Kent. Robert Poley, or Pooley (fl. 1568-1602), was an English double agent and government messenger employed...
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United States Poley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Poley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Poley, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Poley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eunice A Poley, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Carl Poley, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Charles Poley, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Helen C Poley, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Helen Poley, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1922

Australia Poley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Poley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Poley, (b. 1829), aged 19, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Poley (post 1700) +

  • Ted Harris Poley (b. 1964), American rock singer and drummer in the band Danger Danger
  • Viola Poley (b. 1955), German gold medalist rower who at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Robert Poley (b. 1955), former professional Canadian football offensive linesman


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia


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