The true origins of the name Poldark

Is Poldark a genuine surname? Actually, it has a history all its own...

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Poldark. To viewers of the BBC TV show the name instantly conjures up Aidan Turner’s brooding looks, those dark luxuriant curls – on both his head and chest – and the stunning Cornwall scenery.

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But where did it originate? Is the name Poldark real? And what’s the story behind it?

In fact, it’s a concoction of Poldark creator Winston Graham’s. When looking for a suitable moniker for his dashing hero, the author began by naming him after a friend, a chemist named Polgreen. And yet something wasn’t right.

Polgreen didn’t feel quite formidable, quite mysterious enough. This hero deserved something stronger, something… darker. And so Poldark was born.

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And the rest is history.