About the PULLEYBLANK / POLYBLANK One-Name Study

The aim of this study is to collect all references to the PULLEYBLANK / POLYBLANK name world-wide, for any date in time.

If you have found your way to this page then I assume you are interested in the PULLEYBLANK group of surnames.  If you have any connection, however remote, with these surnames by birth or marriage then I would be very pleased to hear from you.  Similarly, any information you might have about PULLEYBLANK family history will be gratefully received and should you need help with your PULLEYBLANK Family Tree I will be more than happy to help.  Please contact me via my email address below but do please try to be as specific as possible with questions, as I have a huge amount of data about these families and it will help me with identifying individuals.

As with a lot of surnames, the capacity for variant spellings is huge. The first person with the name, found so far, was a Robert Polliblanke who became a monk in 1316. But by the time of the regular birth, death and marriage parish registrations in the mid 1500's, the name had evolved to Pulliblank, entirely in Devon, with many other spellings following in later centuries, the most being PULLEYBLANK and POLYBLANK.  They spread across the south of England to London, and off to Canada, US and Australia.

The table shows results in the UK for various census years.

                            1841    1851    1861    1871    1881    1891    1901    1911   

Pullyblank        15        8        12        10      11        21        31        18

Pulleyblank      21        8        14       35     38       30      27       67

Pulliblank         4         0        13       18       19        4        10       18

Polyblank        42       59      60      44    59       46      66      77

Pollyblank        11         26      26       30    54       18        23      13

Misc Spelling   30      26       17        18      17        39        22     5

                            123      127      142     155    198      158      179     198


Along with Keir Polyblank in England, we are gathering all references to the name.

We have amassed a very substantial collection of data including all birth, marriage and death entries from the GRO in England, Canada, US, Australia and a few from Spain, South Africa and New Zealand as well as a few events at sea.

The Probate Registry Indexes from 1858 to 1954.

Marriage bonds and allegations, monumental inscriptions, military records, apprenticeship records and newspapers

Many parish register entries, especially Devon and London.

Extracts from the IGI and other Internet sources.

All available census records.

Many copies of wills, BMD certificates etc.

We would welcome copies of any pertinent wills and certificates that you have.

A DNA project was organised and participation would be welcomed from any males who are surnamed POLYBLANK / PULLEYBLANK (or any spelling).  If you are interested please contact me directly.

Contact is always welcomed, any information you can supply will help to build up the database for future research and I am happy to pass on any relevant material to other researchers.

Exchanging information with others researching the same name is a most rewarding exercise for all interested parties.

For further information, contact:

Gail Pullyblank

529 Ailsa Avenue

Port Moody  BC    V3H 1A5