Last name: Pullen

This interesting name is of Old French origin, introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. It can be either a metonymic occupational surname for one who bred horses or was responsible for keeping them, or a nickname for a frisky, high-spirited person. The derivation is from the Old French word "poulain", meaning colt, young horse, from the Latin "pullamen", a derivative of "pullus", young animal. It was a common medieval practice to create a surname from a nickname, and there are many instances of these from animal and bird names, such as Catt, Doe, Hawk and Lamb. The name development has included: Geoffrey Poleyn (1266, Somerset); Thomas Pullan (1509, Yorkshire); and John Pullen (1607, Yorkshire), and the modern surname can be found as Pullen, Pullein(e), Pulleyn, Pullin and Pullan. Robert Pullen (died 1147), the philosopher, theologian and Cardinal was the second master known to have taught in the schools at Oxford in the 12th Century. A Coat of Arms granted to a Pullen family of Yorkshire depicts, on a blue shield, on a bend cotised gold, as many martlets, black. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Pulein, which was dated 1166, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", 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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Justin Pullen
Son of Oscar Pullen b 1947 Welkom, South Africa. I reside now in Florida, USA. I have yet to meet a fellow Pullen (non family), I look forward to the day. Chin up.

Robynn Davidson (Pullen)
Daughter of William a. Pullen jr. Granddaughter of William a. Pullen and Carrie Faye Pullen

Travis Pullen
Reside in VA. Son of Mark Pullen.

Geoffrey Pullen
Son of Ernest Pullen b.1899 Dublin

Jawad Pullin
Jawad Pullin, but I'll never understand why my name is spelled with an "i" instead of an "e"

Phil Pullen
Living in Norfolk, originally from Aldershot.

Krystal Pullen
Krystal Pullen from Northern CA.
Daughter of Robert Pullen born in Southern CA
Granddaughter of Charles Pullen and Shirley Perkaple (not sure if that's spelt right) I believe both born in Illinois

Jesse Pullen

Daughter of Elizabeth Pullen Grand-daughter of Harry Pullen both born and raise in or around London Ontario Canada.


pullen was my greatgrandmothers name

Robert D. Pullen
Who was the Pullen to come to America?

James A Pullen
My grandfather Jessie Pullen was from southern Kentucky. Dont know much more than that.

Jere McAlister Pullen
The first recorded " new world" Pullen was born in 1630, Virginia Beach VA. My grandfather was John Shan Pullen who was married to Helen Starbuck. They had six children. My father was Joseph Bonnette Pullen.

Im a pullen

Jack pullen
I am a pullen but have no idea of family history

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