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The ancestors of the Poling family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Poling is based on the Norman-Christian given name Paulinus, which belonged to an early settler Anglo-Norman settler.


The surname Poling 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.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Poling include Paulin, Paulyn, Pollen, Pollyn, Pollin, Polyn and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poling research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 163 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Poling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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


Some of the Poling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Polings to arrive on North American shores: John Pollen who settled in Virginia in 1636; Peter Pollin settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813; William Polin landed in America in 1769; D. Paulin settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852..


  • Harold Arthur "Red" Poling (1926-2012), American businessman, CEO and Chairman of Ford Motor Company (1990 to 1993)
  • Eleanor Mondale Poling (1960-2011), American television and radio personality
  • Kermit Poling (b. 1960), American conductor, violinist and composer
  • Chandler Hall Poling (b. 1957), American Emmy Award winning musician and composer
  • Al Poling, American professional wrestler
  • Daniel A. Poling, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1951
  • Daniel A. Poling, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1912
  • Corel Poling, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Calhoun County, 1942
  • Clyde Poling (b. 1891), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Barbour County, 1917-18
  • Carlton Poling, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
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  • History and Genealogy of the Poling Family by Clerissa H. Tatterson.

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    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    The Poling Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Poling Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 October 2015 at 14:47.

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