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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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

Phil Pullen
Living in Norfolk, originally from Aldershot.

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

Geoffrey Pullen
Son of Ernest Pullen b.1899 Dublin

Travis Pullen
Reside in VA. Son of Mark Pullen.

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

Robynn
And in Iowa

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.

Ernest Pullen
Ernest Pullen b1937 Weymouth, Dorset, England > Ernest Pullen b1894 Cobham, Surrey, England > Eli Pullen b1865, Ockham, Surrey,England > Edward Pullen b1824 Wisley, Surrey, England > William Pullen b1787 Surrey, England.

joy pullen
theres still many of us pullens in surrey i was born in send near woking surrey my family has live there for many generations

Crystal
Crystal Pullen.... Houston Tx.... Daughter of Nathen Edward Pullen Shawnee Oklahoma.

Pamela LaShunda Pullen
what up doe..Pamela LaShunda Pullen...Baby daugther of Smith Pullen,jr Douglasville,ga

Smith Pullen
Pamela S Pullen, Marriage to Smith Pullen,jr.. looking for his people..father died before he was born 3/27/1953.. Trully a Man after God on heart!!

Gail Pullen
Gail Pullen, daughter to Everse & Leola Pullen Sr., grandaughter to Josephus & Floia Pullen Sr., Great brand daughter to Georgia Pullen from Lexington Mississippi and Bell City Missouri.

David A. Pullen
David A.ullen 10 October 2011 West Springfield, Massachsetts

david robert pullem
son of robert w.pullen in orange county california

Ivan Pullen
Kia Ora from the land of the long white Cloud, Aotearoa, New Zealand.Looking for any family who have information on my Grandfather and Grandmother, Llewellyn and Cynthia Pullen who lived in Talgarth Wales, early 20th century, then Hereford mid 20th century.

bleddyn pullen
Bleddyn pullen south wales :)

Nick Pullen
Greetings from Nick Pullen, Braintree, Essex,England.

scott pullen
Scott Pullen, Summerville,Ga

Kenneth Pullen
Kenneth Pullen, New Orleans LA

Paul
Paul Pullen of Florida!

Ann Pullen
From Charleston WV

Brandon Pullen
Im Brandon Pullen, im from Norway.

Ben Pullen
Ben Pullen - Brisbane, Australia :)

I feel the pain too, Steve Pullen
You must have copped it at school - say 'Ben Pullen' real fast...

kieran pullen
kieran pullen , Hartleepool

Victoria pullen
Victoria Pullen, London. X

abi
Abigail pullen suffolk looking for canadian pullens daughters of victor pullen from london england born around 1928.