The name Pollan was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman-Christian given name Paulinus,
which belonged to an early settler Anglo-Norman settler.
Early Origins of the Pollan family
The surname Pollan 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 Pollan family
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Pollan Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Paulin, Paulyn, Pollen, Pollyn, Pollin, Polyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Pollan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pollan family to Ireland
Some of the Pollan 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.
Migration of the Pollan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pollan or a variant listed above were:
Pollan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andres Pollan, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Pollan (post 1700)
- Carolyn Joan Clark Pollan (b. 1937), American former politician, Member of the Arkansas State Representative from Sebastian County (1975-1999)
- Michael Pollan (b. 1955), American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism
- Carolyn Pollan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Tracy Pollan (b. 1960), American actress, best known for her role as Ellen Reed on the sitcom Family Ties from 1985 to 1987