Polkinghorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Polkinghorne family

The surname Polkinghorne was first found in Cornwall where the "manor of Polkinhorne belonged at a very early period to an ancient family of that name, with whom it continued until the reign of Charles II. ; when the heiress of this family married Thomas Glynn, Esq; of Helston." [1]

Early History of the Polkinghorne family

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Polkinghorne Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Polkinghorne, Polkingham, Polkinham and others.

Early Notables of the Polkinghorne family (pre 1700)

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United States Polkinghorne migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Polkinghorne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Polkinghorne, (b. 1833), aged 18, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [2]
  • Mr. William Polkinghorne, (b. 1831), aged 20, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [2]
  • Mr. William Polkinghorne, (b. 1834), aged 42, Cornish miner departing from Bristol aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 24 March 1876 [2]
  • Mr. James Polkinghorne, (b. 1858), aged 27, Cornish carpenter departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Gallia" arriving in the United States on 6 October 1885 [2]
  • Mrs. Margaret Ann Polkinghorne, (b. 1858), aged 27, Cornish settler departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Gallia" arriving in the United States on 6 October 1885 [2]
Polkinghorne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Polkinghorne, (b. 1875), aged 26, Cornish miner, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Teutonic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th May 1901 en route to New Jersey, USA [3]
  • Mr. Arthur Polkinghorne, (b. 1884), aged 20, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th April 1904 en route to Wardner, Idaho, USA [3]
  • Mr. Edwin Polkinghorne, (b. 1882), aged 23, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA [3]

Australia Polkinghorne migration to Australia +

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

Polkinghorne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Polkinghorne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [4]
  • Richard Polkinghorne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [5]
  • Jane R. Polkinghorne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [5]
  • Peter Polkinghorne, aged 43, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [6]
  • William Polkinghorne, aged 4, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Polkinghorne (post 1700) +

  • John Charlton Polkinghorne KBE, FRS (1930-2021), English theoretical physicist, theologian, and Anglican priest, President of Queens' College, Cambridge (1988-1996)
  • Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe (1813-1893), English entomologist from Cornwall who was mainly interested in Coleoptera
  • James Polkinghorne (1788-1854), Cornish champion wrestler, best known for his match on 23 October 1826 against Abraham Cann of Colebrooke, champion of Devon
  • David Polkinghorne (b. 1956), Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn in the VFL from 1975 to 1984
  • James Polkinghorne (b. 1989), Australian rules footballer for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League
  • Clare Polkinghorne (b. 1989), Australian footballer, member of the Australian National Team (2006-), Brisbane Roar Captain (2007-)
  • Adam William Polkinghorne (b. 1975), Australian cricket player
  • Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe (1813-1893), English entomologist from Cornwall; he sailed for Australia in 1836 aboard the Buffalo, but returned later after coming into some property by the death of a relative in March 1843, settled near his property at St. Austell, Cornwall and later in London where he died suddenly on 20 June 1893


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PAKENHAM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Pakenham.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1854.shtml


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