The Poultons

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The surname Poulton was probably given to individuals who came from the one of the many villages in Britain that are named Poulton. The word is simply the combining of the two Old English words Pol and Tun meaning Pool and Settlement or Enclosure. ie 'Settlement by the pool'. The 'ton' at the end of the name may signify whether it is a Saxon or Norman word.

Several places with the name of Poulton are referred to in Domesday Book. They are variously Pontone; Pulton; Poltone; Poltun; Poltune - English grammar education has never been good, then!

The list so far of Poulton towns and villages:-

  1. POULTON-le-Fylde near Blackpool in Lancashire
  2. POULTON-le-Sands, now part of Morecambe in Lancashire
  3. POULTON-with-Fearnhead, on the east of Warrington. Lancashire
  4. POULTON near Liverpool, Cheshire
  5. POULTON cum Seacombe, now part of Wallasey in Cheshire
  6. POULTON cum Spital, now part of Bromborough in Cheshire
  7. POULTON Lancelyn, a hamlet in Poulton cum Spital
  8. POULTON a hamlet in Pulford near Chester in Cheshire
  9. POULTON a hamlet of Asterley in Shropshire
  10. POULTON now part of Awre in Gloucestershire
  11. POULTON near Cirencester in Gloucestershire
  12. POULTON Priory in Gloucestershire
  13. POULTON an ancient village, now part of Mildenhall near Marlborough in Wiltshire
  14. POULTON Wood in Aldington, near Ashford in Kent
  15. POULTON a village near Deal in Kent, which declined after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the early 16th Century
  16. POLTON near Edinburgh in Midlothian in Scotland
  17. There are also over 3000 villages in the UK, deserted by their medieval occupants due to Black Death or marginal farming- some of these may have been called POULTON

Do you have any more?

The use of hereditary surnames was not usual until the time of the Norman Conquest, and in Britain it was those Normans who led the fashion for adopting their father's surname. There was a slow spread of the habit across the whole country over the next three centuries, until by the late fourteenth Century it was normal for every child in the land to take the family name of his or her father. This means that our surname (POULTON) is no more than 1000 years old, and many of your forebears did not take up the name until maybe the fourteenth century - only 700 years ago!

Early British Poultons include:-

There were a number of Poultons who became Jesuit Priests. They include:-

Gary Colquhoun, from Australia, has carried out some extensive research on the POULTONS of Cookham in Berkshire. Click here for his research

The Poulton Crest is An Anchor & Cable - Sable

Source: British Crests: Containing The Crests And Mottos Of The Families of Great Britain and Ireland Together with Those Of The Principal Cities; And A Glossary of Heraldic Terms. (Google eBook) Alexander Deuchar 1817

The Coat of Arms is in the blue header bar at the top of the page, and is described as "Argent a fess sable between three mullets of six points sable"


BEWARE: The College of Arms states that a coat of arms belongs to an individual, who is granted the arms personally, or is descended in the legitimate male line from someone who was. A coat of arms can only be used by one person, and in Scotland use by anyone else is a criminal offence!

On a more recent or modern note there are a number of internet domain names that contain the name Poulton. They are,, and possibly others.

Christian Names

Our ancestors often used the following naming procedure when picking out a name for a new child. This explains why certain names are VERY common in a given family line. Watching for these patterns can help in your genealogy research.

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