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Origin and popularity of the name POWLING


Powling : 1: perhaps from an unrecorded Middle English *polling a derivative of Middle English polle ‘head hair of the head’ or pollen ‘to cut (hair) shave (someone's head)’ + the noun-forming suffix -ing. It may have been given to someone with a distinctive head of hair or who had a shaven head. Compare Topping. 2: from Poling (Sussex) which is recorded as Paling(e) and Palyng from the 12th to 16th centuries Palinges in 1199 and Polynge in 1305. The place-name derives from Old English pāl ‘stake pole’ (or from a nickname derived from pāl) + the group-name suffix -ingas. This surname may have been confused with Pullen in (3); compare Baltazer Pullen 1639 Elizabeth Polling 1747 in IGI (Petworth Sussex). See also Poland. 3: variant of Pullan and Pullen; compare Ann Polling 1736 Richard Pullan 1789 in IGI (Bury Lancs).


Source : FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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