Polson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Viking-Scottish name Polson is derived from the personal name Paul. This name, which is derived from the Norse name Pál, was very popular among the Northmen.
Early Origins of the Polson family
The surname Polson was first found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Polson family
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Polson Spelling Variations
The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Polson include Polson, Poulson, Poulsen, Poulsin, Poleson, Pole and many more.
Early Notables of the Polson family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Polson is the 6,526th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Polson or a variant listed above, including:
Polson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Polson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Polson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Polson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century