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Polk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: German , Scottish


The Polk surname is of Slavic origin, derived from a personal name made up the elements "bole" which meant "large" and "slav" which meant "glory." In other cases, Polk was a German name used for someone from Poland.


Early Origins of the Polk family


The surname Polk was first found in West Prussia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Polk family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Polk research.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Polk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Polk Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Polk, Polke, Polka, Polkau, Polki and others.

Early Notables of the Polk family (pre 1700)


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

Migration of the Polk family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Polk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Polk, who settled in Maryland between the years 1672 and 1680

Polk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Polk, who settled in Delaware in 1813
  • N. Polk, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850

Polk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Peale Polk, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Amy Polk, aged 57, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Christine Polk, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Anne Polk, aged 51, who settled in America from Watchet, England, in 1919
  • Anna Polk, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Polk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. John Polk, aged 36 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Junior" departing from the port of Junior, Liverpool but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 51)
  • Mr. Joseph Polk, aged 20 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Araminta, Liverpool but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 51)
  • Mr William Polk, aged 22, a Sutler's Clerk at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died there in October 1847 during the typhus epidemic [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 61)

Contemporary Notables of the name Polk (post 1700)


  • Louis Frederick Polk Sc.D., American Industrialist, Banker and Investor
  • James R Polk, American Journalist
  • George Polk (1913-1948), American journalist for CBS murdered in Greece
  • Oscar Polk (1899-1949), American actor who starred in Gone with the Wind
  • Albert Fawcett Polk, American lawyer and United States representative from Delaware
  • Willis Polk (1867-1924), American architect most well known for his work in San Francisco, California
  • Leonidas Polk (1806-1864), American soldier, who was made a major-general in the Civil War
  • Alex J. Polk (1883-1950), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1947-48 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Albert Fawcett Polk (1869-1955), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1917-19 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Albert F. Polk, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1964 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Polk


  • The Genealogical Study of David Reese: with Allied Families: Polk et al. by Cynthia Jones Reese.
  • The Seed of Sally Good'n: a Black Family of Arkansas (also Polk family), 1833-1953 by Ruth Polk Patterson.

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Citations


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 51)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 61)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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