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Where did the Scottish Paul family come from? When did the Paul family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Paul family history?

The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Paul is derived from the ancient Latin personal name Paulus meaning small. It has always been common in Christendom due to the importance and enduring popularity of St. Paul.

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The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Paul has also been spelled Paul, Paule, Pauls, Paull, Paulls and others.

First found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paul research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1528, 1700, 1599, 1665 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Paul History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paul Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Paul family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first North American settlers with Paul name or one of its variants:

Paul Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Paul, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • William Paul, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Francis Paul, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Pat Paul, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Patrick Paul, who arrived in Virginia in 1648


Paul Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Daniell Paul, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Henry Paul settled with his wife and seven children in Virginia in 1709
  • John Paul settled in Virginia with his wife and five children in 1709
  • Henrig Paul, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Jeanne Paul, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719


Paul Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Paul, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Samuel Paul, aged 29, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Ann Paul, who landed in America in 1805
  • Alexander Paul, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Dunbar Paul, aged 21, arrived in South Carolina in 1812


Paul Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Elizabeth Paul, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
  • Louis Paul, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Alice Paul (1885-1977), American feminist and suffragist
  • Ron Paul (b. 1935), American politician, U.S. Congressman from Texas
  • Gregory S. Paul (b. 1954), American paleontologist, author and illustrator
  • Alexandra Paul (b. 1963), American actress
  • Les Paul (1915-2009), born Lester William Polsfuss, American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor
  • Major-General Willard Stewart Paul (1894-1966), American Director of Personnel & Administration Division, Department of the Army (1947-1948)
  • James Adrian Paul, Australian Physician, Director of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  • Sir John Warburton Paul (1916-2004), British colonial government official, administrator of various British overseas territories
  • Henri Paul (1956-1997), Deputy Head of Security at the Hôtel Ritz Paris. He was the driver at the time of the car accident at the Pont de l'Alma tunnel, Paris that killed him along with Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed
  • Sir John Dean Paul (1775-1852), British painter, made 1st Baronet Paul, of Rodburgh

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  • Your Desert and Mine by Nina Paul Shumway.
  • Philip Paul of Stocklinch, Somerset, England and some of his Descendants in Old Gloucester County, New Jersey and Elsewhere by Gordon W. Paul.
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