Last name: Pollard

This interesting name has two possible origins. Firstly, it may have been a nickname for a person with a close-cropped head, from the Middle English word "poll" meaning "the head" plus the intensive suffix "-ard". The term pollard, denoting an animal that has had its horns lopped, is not recorded until the 16th Century. Hence, a more likely source for the name is the medieval personal name "Polhard", a derivative of "Paul", which seems to have been pronounced "Poll" by the end of the 12th Century, plus the element "-hard", strong, brave. It is interesting to note that one Pollardus Forestarius appears in the 1207 Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire, and in 1275, one Stephanus filius (son of) Pollard is recorded in the Hundred Rolls of Kent. The surname first appears in the late 12th Century (see below). Interesting namebearers, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography", include: Sir John Pollard (died 1557), speaker of the House of Commons from 1553 - 1555, and Sir Hugh Pollard (died 1666), a royalist employed in Devon and Cornwall in the civil war, later becoming governor of Guernsey and comptroller of Charles 11's household. Eleven Coats of Arms were granted to Pollard families living in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, and York, as well as County Westmeath (Ireland). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Pollard, which was dated 1181, in the "Pipe Rolls of Surrey", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Courtney Polyard
my name is courtney polyard and my name originated from the pollards. does anyone know where it came from; the origin and what it means ?

Christine Pollard
wow, look at all the Pollard's who commented :o I have so many Pollard relatives who live in Maine.

Nicole Pollard
I am Nicole Pollard, I am from Sparta TN. I don't know too much about my family on my fathers side which is the Pollard side but there is a family graveyard in my hometown that has a lot of the names I am seeing on here buried there... Has anyone traced back to Tn at all?

Ian G
A pollarder prepared trees for new growth. The resultant staves were useful for all sorts of things including bows and arrows. There are many archery related names in England. Pollard is one of them.

Kadin Pollard
it grows the family grows lol

Gary polliard
The name was balliett. Changed in 1800 in new Bethlehem pa. When Nicholas balliet settled in that area. I have done much research into the name

Gary polliard
Pollard is of English origin. Polliard which was balliet was from the Alsace Lorraine region. The family name of polliard began in new Bethlehem pa. A town in west pa. Northeast of Pittsburgh. I have researched the name for 30 years and have many names on my program

Lewis pollard

Guess I'm related to Sir Hugh Pollard then I live in devon Plus there's two lewis pollards in the same city,strange or what

vickie pollard
my dad's family came from okmaugie ok I'm sure I spelled that wrong he came from a large family 6 boys 6 girls so there is a bunch of us