Polton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Polton family
The surname Polton was first found in Cheshire where Roger, a Norman Baron, held Poulton Lancelyn as under tenant from Osbert FitzTezzo and the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. Conjecturally, the Poultons are descended from Roger de Poulton.
"A Cistercian abbey was founded in [Pouton in ] 1153, by Robert, who was butler to Ranulph, second Earl of Chester; but the monks having suffered greatly from frequent incursions of the Welsh, removed to Dieulacres, in Staffordshire, in 1214, from which time, till the Dissolution, Poulton continued parcel of the possessions of that monastery." 
A branch of the family was later established in Desborough, Northamptonshire. "The church is an ancient cruciform structure, with a good tower surmounted by a spire, and contains in the chancel a monument to the ancient family of Pulton, who for fourteen generations held the lordship of the place: of this family, Ferdinando Pulton, an eminent lawyer, who compiled the statutes at large from the time of Magna Charta to the sixteenth of James the First, was born here, and lies buried in the chancel." 
The markettown and parish of Poutlon-in-the-Fylde in Lancashire was an ancient family seat. "This place, called Poltun in the Domesday Survey, appears to have belonged, about the time of that survey, to the priory of Lancaster; and in the 27th of Edward I., Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and others held Pulton in trust for the priory. In 1342, a family of the local name possessed a small quantity of land in the parish." 
Kirby's Quest lists the following early entries for the family: Henry de Pulton, Somerset and
Walter de Pulton, Somerset. Both were listed as "1 Edward III," in other words, as "living there during the first year of the reign of King Edward III." 
Important Dates for the Polton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Polton research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1395, 1403, 1536, 1618, 1601, 1641, 1638, 1995, 1654 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Polton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Polton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Poulton, Poolton, Pulton, Pullton, Polton, Pouleton and many more.
Early Notables of the Polton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Polton (died 1433), English bishop of Hereford, Chichester, and Worcester, may be the Thomas Polton who was temporarily Archdeacon of Taunton in 1395, and again about 1403; Ferninando Pulton (1536-1618), a legal author, son of Giles Pulton of Desborough, Northamptonshire, where the family had been settled for fourteen generations; and Ferdinand Poulton, S.J...
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Migration of the Polton family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Poulton settled in Virginia in 1642; followed by John in 1650; another John Poulton settled in Nova Scotia in 1749.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.