Pulley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pulley is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a young buck; it is derived from the Old French word poulain, which meant colt. This nickname would have been given to a person given over to friskiness and possessed of a certain nervous energy in much the same way a young horse is. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk-tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Early Origins of the Pulley family

The surname Pulley was first found in Yorkshire but one of the earliest record of the name was Robert Pullen (died 1146), an English theologian and official of the Roman Catholic Church. He is generally thought to have been born in Poole, Devonshire and first educated in England. He was Archdeacon of Rochester in 1134. Shortly after this appointment, he went to Paris. There, he taught logic and theology tutoring John of Salisbury, who describes him as a man commended both by his life and his learning in 1141. Back in France, we found that John and Ivo Polain were listed in Normandy (1185-1190.) A few years later nine of the name were listed there in 1198 [1]

Early History of the Pulley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pulley research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1667, 1690, 1598, 1667, 1517, 1565, 1631, 1714, 1654, 1657, 1648, 1713 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Pulley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pulley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Pulley have been found, including Pulleine, Pullen, Pullan, Pulleyn, Pulling and many more.

Early Notables of the Pulley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Samuel Pullen, Pullein, or Pulleyne (1598-1667), an English prelate, Archbishop of Tuam, son of William Pullein, rector of Ripley, Yorkshire; Benjamin Pulleyn (died 1690) the Cambridge tutor of Isaac Newton; Samuel Pullen (also Pullein and Pulleyne) (1598-1667), who was the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Tuam; and Henry-Percy Pulleine who purchased Crake Hall. John Pullain (Pullayne or Pulleyne) (1517-1565) was a Yorkshire divine and poet who was educated at New College, Oxford. Josiah Pullen (1631-1714) was Vice-Principal...
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Pulley Ranking

In the United States, the name Pulley is the 4,147th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

United States Pulley migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Pulley, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Pulley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Pulley, who landed in Maryland in 1660 [3]
Pulley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pulley, who arrived in New England in 1737 [3]

Australia Pulley migration to Australia +

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

Pulley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Pulley, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Samuel Pulley, aged 50, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [5]
  • George Pulley, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [5]
  • Samuel Pulley, aged 14, a butcher, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [5]
  • Elizabeth Pulley, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pulley (post 1700) +

  • Emily Ann Pulley (b. 1967), American opera soprano who has performed in more than 150 operas
  • Gerald P. Pulley (1922-2011), American photographer noted for his work with the United States Navy
  • Curtis Pulley (b. 1986), former American football quarterback for the Florida A&M University Rattlers, he was the 2004 Kentucky Mr. Football
  • Andrew Pulley, American politician
  • W. D. Pulley, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from DeKalb County, 1950 [6]
  • Cleve Andrew Pulley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1990; Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1992 [6]
  • Andrew Pulley (b. 1952), American politician, Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1984, 1986 [6]
  • Sir Joseph Pulley (1822-1901), 1st Baronet, an English Liberal politician
  • Gordon Albert Pulley (b. 1936), English former professional football player
  • Charles Thornton Pulley (1864-1947), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Ross (1918) and Hereford (1918-1920)

The Pulley 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: Nulla pallescere culpa
Motto Translation: To turn pale from no crime.

  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Hyderabad 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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