Saturday, 2 November 2013

Surname Saturday - Poole

Surname Saturday is a regular blog post in which I will discuss the origins and geography of the surnames which appear in my own family tree.

This week's surname is POOLE.

Variants: Pool, Pooley, Pole, Pull, Paul, Paule

My great, great Poole grandparents 
The surname is a topographical surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon pol meaning pool which is used to describe a family which live near a pool of water. It can also be a locational surname from the villages around the UK named Pool or Poole, eg Pool in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire or Poole, Dorset. 

In the 1890 census, 10% of the Poole families lived in Lancashire, 7% in Yorkshire, 14% in London and 9% in Staffordshire. 

My grandmother was born Mary Verona Poole in Rawdon, West Yorkshire. Her family was mainly from Shipley and Bradford also in West Yorkshire. I have often wondered whether her surname was derived from the small township of Pool-in-Wharfedale near to the north of Bradford and Leeds. Will need to continue researching to find out. There is a grave to my great, great grandfather and great, great, great grandmother at Nab Wood Cemetery near Shipley, West Yorkshire, which can be found at

Information from: SurnameDB - Poole
Ancestry - Poole

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