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The history of the Poole family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near a pool of water. The surname Poole belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

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The surname Poole was first found in Dorset at Poole, now a large coastal town and seaport. While today Poole is a large tourist resort, looking back to as early as the Iron Age, this costal town was a major fishing port. The Romans landed at Poole during their conquest of Britain in the 1st century. Years later, the Vikings in 876 landed; Guthrum sailed his fleet through the harbour to attack Wareham, and in later 1015, Canute began his conquest of England here using it as a base to raid and pillage Wessex. Centuries later in the 16th century, Poole would become a major commercial center for the North American colonies, including the vast fisheries of Newfoundland. Accordingly, many Newfoundlanders trace their lineage through Poole or nearby communities. Another branch was found at Ewelme in Oxfordshire at ancient times. "William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, who obtained the manor by marriage with Alice, daughter and heiress of Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer, the poet, in whose family it had been for many years, erected the present church and a noble mansion, of which latter only some of the outoffices now remain. There are some handsome monuments, one of which, to the memory of the Duchess of Suffolk, who died in 1475, is elaborately embellished; the Chaucer monument, an altar-tomb, is ornamented with numerous shields of armorial bearings, and inlaid with brasses on which are the effigies of a knight and his lady, in the costume of the fifteenth century." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And another branch was found at Radbourn in Derbyshire. "On the death of Sir John Chandos, the celebrated warrior, in 1370, the estate passed to his representatives in the female line, and eventually to Sir Peter de la Pole, from whom the manor has descended to its present owner, Edward Sacheverel Chandos Pole, Esq. Radbourn Hall, a large brick mansion of modern date, the seat of the Pole family, stands on an eminence in a well-wooded park, commanding extensive views in all directions." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Poole include Pool, Pooley, Poole, Pole, Pull and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poole research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1541, 1541, 1462, 1505, 1500, 1558, 1566, 1612, 1448, 1601, 1564, 1632, 1597, 1626, 1566, 1612, 1661, 1614, 1648, 1617, 1673, 1640, 1673, 1624, 1679, 1629, 1621, 1629, 1661, 1614, 1648 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Poole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Margaret Pole the Blessed, Countess of Salisbury (1473-1541), an English peeress - she was executed in 1541 at the command of King Henry VIII; Sir Richard Pole, KG (1462-1505), created Knight of the Garter and married to Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury...

Another 206 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Poole family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Poole or a variant listed above:

Poole Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Elizabeth Poole or Pole (1588-1654) was an English settler in Plymouth Colony who founded the town of Taunton, Massachusetts. She is said to be the first woman known to have founded a town in the Americas

Poole Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Poole who settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Thomas Poole settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Daniel Poole, his wife and child settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Robert Poole settled in Virginia in 1623
  • David Poole, who arrived in Virginia in 1627
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Poole Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Poole, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Jacob Poole, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Mary Poole, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Lewis Poole settled in Virginia in 1736
  • Abraham Poole, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Poole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Poole, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Albert Edward Poole, aged 31, landed in Indiana in 1892
  • William Henry Poole, aged 36, landed in Indiana in 1892

Poole Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Poole, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland

Poole Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Poole, British convict from Britain, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Poole, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Poole, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Poole, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Arthur Poole, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Poole Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Nathaniel Poole, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Mary Poole, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Nathaniel Poole arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • William Poole arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Thomas Poole, aged 19, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
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  • Ray Smith Poole (1921-2008), American NFL offensive and defensive end
  • James Richard "Jim" Poole (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Charlie Poole (1892-1931), American old time banjo player and country musician
  • Quartermaster William B. Poole (1833-1904), American sailor and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Horatio Nelson Poole (1884-1949), American painter and printmaker
  • Ernest Poole (1880-1950), American writer
  • Henry Ward Poole (1825-1890), American surveyor, civil engineer, educator and writer, inventor of systems of musical tuning
  • William Frederick Poole (1821-1894), American librarian, bibliographer, and historian
  • Gary John Poole (b. 1967), English former professional footballer
  • Michelle Lena "Shelly" Poole (b. 1972), English songwriter and singer
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Poole Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Bertha Gladys  Poole (1900-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. C Poole, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Richard A W Poole, British Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Gertrude Kate Elizabeth Poole, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • Early North Carolina Pool Clan of Balden, Anson, Rownan & Davidson Counties by William Lee Poole.
  • Genealogy and Family History of John Pool(e) in America, 1630-1981 by Harry M. Hutchinson.
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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: Pollet virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue excels.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. 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).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Poole Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poole Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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