Show ContentsPollett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pollett is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pollett family lived in Pawlett, a small village 4 miles (6 km) north of Bridgwater, in the Sedgemoor district of the English county of Somerset. The Pollett family claim descent from Hercules de Tournon but "he appears to be a mythic personage." [1] This reference continues: "it is really descended from the Norman house of D'Aunou. Baldric Teutonicus, living c. 900 was ancestor [of this family]. [1]

Early Origins of the Pollett family

The surname Pollett was first found in Somerset, at Pawlett (Paulet.) It was here that "in the reign of Henry I, Fulco de Alnou had a grant from the Crown of Grandon. He had two sons: 1. Walter de Poeleth, who in 1203 paid a fine in Somerset [and] 2. Robert de Polet, mentioned in Buckinghamshire 1198. " [1]

A later descendant was William de Paulet who was Lord of Paulet, Stretchill and Walpole, Somerset in 1316. Another reference claims the first record of the name was Sir William de Paulet who died in 1242. [2] This may have been a descendant of the aforementioned William de Paulet but Shirley contends that this latter William was actually "of Leigh in Devonshire." [2]

The parish of Peverell Sampford in Devon had a house with an infamous history. "This place is distinguished as having been the residence of Margaret, Countess of Richmond, mother of Henry VII. The house in which she lived, subsequently belonged to Sir Amias Poulett, who had the custody of Mary, Queen of Scots, at the time of her execution; it was a castellated building, erected in 1337, and taken down in 1775." [3]

Early History of the Pollett family

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Pollett Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pollett has been recorded under many different variations, including Paulet, Paulett, Paullet, Pawlet, Pawlett and others.

Early Notables of the Pollett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Paulet (1483-1572), English politician, Lord Treasurer of England, created Baron St John (1539), Earl of Wiltshire (1550), and Marquess of Winchester (1551); Sir Hugh Paulet (died ca. 1572), an English military commander and governor of Jersey; Sir Amias Paulet (1532-1588), an English diplomat, Governor of Jersey, and the gaoler for a period of Mary, Queen of Scots; Anthony Paulet (1562-1600), Governor of the Isle of Jersey from 1588 until his death...
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Ireland Migration of the Pollett family to Ireland

Some of the Pollett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Pollett migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Polletts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Pollett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Pollett, who landed in Maryland in 1656 [4]
  • Elizabeth Pollett, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [4]
Pollett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Pollett, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1874 [4]

Australia Pollett migration to Australia +

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

Pollett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Pollett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [5]
  • Mr. Robert Pollett, (b. 1830), aged 22, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 27th August 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island), he died in 1890 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pollett (post 1700) +

  • Harry Pollett, Canadian Reform Party political candidate for Cape Breton-East Richmond, New Brunswick in 1993
  • Patricia Pollett, Australian musician, APRA Music Awards of 2004 nominated performer
  • Phil Pollett, Australian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Queensland, Australia, awarded the Moran Medal in 1993

The Pollett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aymez loyaulté
Motto Translation: Love Loyalty.

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. 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)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th May 2022). on Facebook