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Origins of the Poole surname

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What does the name Poole mean?

Poole is an English and Welsh surname. The name has geographic roots, referring to someone who had taken up residence at or near a pool. There are also a number of parishes and settlements by the same name that could also have given their name to local denizens.

Alternative variations of the name Poole

Poole, Pool, Powl, Pole, Pooll

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Where do most Pooles live?

In 1921, most Pooles lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Pooles

How common is your surname?

269th most common surname in the UK

We have 152,000 records for the Poole surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Pooles most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Poole first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Pooles

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Pooles in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Pooles in 1921
General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




Coal Miner


Farm Labourer


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