The Scottish surname Pollock is an habitational name from a place in Glasgow, apparently so named from a diminutive of a British cognate of the Gaelic word poll meaning “pool, or pit.” The surname is also common in northeastern Ulster, in Ireland where it was brought by Scottish settlers in the 16th and 17th Centuries. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Peter de Pollok, which was dated circa 1172 - 1178, Charter witness for the King, at the Abbey of Kinlos, Moray, during the reign of King William "The Lion" of Scotland, 1165 - 1214. Nancy Pollock, a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the "Sheridan" bound for New York on May 7th 1846. Today there are approximately 23,000 bearers of the name Pollock in the US.
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