What Does The Surname Pullen Mean?


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Pullen is of Old French origin,it was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest in1066. It is a metonymic ,occupational ,surname for someone who bred horses or was responsible for keeping them.It became a nickname for a high-spirited person.
The derivation of Pullen is from the Old French poulain, meaning a colt,or a young horse, derived from the Latin "pullamen",which in turn is a derivative of "pullus" for a young animal.
The first record of the surname mentions a Richard Pulein in 1166, in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk.

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