Pulling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Pulling is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was 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 Pulling family
The surname Pulling 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 
Early History of the Pulling family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pulling 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 Pulling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pulling Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pulling has appeared include Pulleine, Pullen, Pullan, Pulleyn, Pulling and many more.
Early Notables of the Pulling 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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Migration of the Pulling family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pulling arrived in North America very early: John Pullein who settled in Virginia in 1764; William Pullen settled in Barbados in 1663; Preston Pullen settled in Boston in 1766; John, Joseph, Robert, Thomas Pullen all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..
Contemporary Notables of the name Pulling (post 1700) +
- Patricia A. Pulling (1948-1997), American anti-occult campaigner
- Fred B. Pulling, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 1st District, 1922; Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 
- D. J. Pulling, American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 3rd Circuit, 1867-73, 1874-85 
- Clairence K. Pulling, American Republican politician, Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1950-52; Defeated, 1951 
Historic Events for the Pulling family +
- Mr. Edward Pulling (b. 1895), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Hampstead, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking 
- Mr. Peter J Pulling, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking 
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The Pulling 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.