Polin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Polin is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the Norman-Christian given name Paulinus, which belonged to an early settler Anglo-Norman settler.

Early Origins of the Polin family

The surname Polin 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 Polin family

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

Polin Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Polin family name include Paulin, Paulyn, Pollen, Pollyn, Pollin, Polyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Polin family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Polin family to Ireland

Some of the Polin 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 Polin migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Polin family to immigrate North America:

Polin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Polin, who landed in America in 1769

Contemporary Notables of the name Polin (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General John Arthur Polin (1884-1965), American Adjutant-General of Kentucky (1939-1944) [1]
  • Morris Polin, American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Illinois, 1960 [2]
  • John A. Polin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928, 1948, 1952 (alternate) [2]
  • Mr. Mark Andrew Polin O.B.E., Q.P.M., British Chief Constable for North Wales Police, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Policing [3]


  1. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) John Polin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Polin/John_Arthur/USA.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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