Poulston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The descendents of Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Poulston. It was 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 Poulston family

The surname Poulston 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 Poulston family

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Poulston Spelling Variations

Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Poulston include Polson, Poulson, Poulsen, Poulsin, Poleson, Pole and many more.

Early Notables of the Poulston family (pre 1700)

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Australia Poulston migration to Australia +

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

Poulston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Poulston (b. 1814), aged 17, Cornish settler convicted in Old Bailey, London, UK on 30th June 1831, sentenced for 7 years for stealing a ham from Samuel and William Corney, transported aboard the ship "Portland" on 14th November 1831 to New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Mr. William Poulston, Cornish baker who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Portland" in 1830 convicted at Sydney Gaol on 2nd August 1834 [2]
  • Mr. William Poulston, Cornish baker who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Portland" in 1830 convicted at HP Barracks, Sydney Gaol on 20th January 1834 [2]
  • Mr. William Frederick Poulston, Cornish baker who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Portland" in 1832 convicted at Darlinghurst Gaol on 29th August 1843 [2]
  • Mr. William Frederick Poulston, Cornish baker who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Portland" in 1832 convicted at Sydney Gaol on 12th October 1843 [2]


  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_gaol_admissions.pdf


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