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Where did the English Paulett family come from? What is the English Paulett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Paulett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Paulett family history?

Paulett is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Paulett family lived in Hampshire, at Paulet, from whence they derived their name. Pawlett is a small village 4 miles (6 km) north of Bridgwater, in the Sedgemoor district of the English county of Somerset.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Paulet, Paulett, Paullet, Pawlet, Pawlett and others.

First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times. They were descended from Hercules, Lord of Tournon, of Picardy in Normandy who arrived in England soon after the Norman Conquest about the year 1100, and settled on the Lordship of Paulet, assuming his surname from those lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paulett research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1483, 1572, 1539, 1550, 1551, 1572, 1532, 1588, 1562, 1600, 1588, 1600, 1625, 1699, 1585, 1649, 1610, 1621, 1615, 1665, 1661 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Paulett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 307 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paulett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Paulett or a variant listed above:

Paulett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Paulett settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Paulett, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Chidock Paulett settled in Virginia in 1637

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aymez loyaulté
Motto Translation: Love Loyalty.

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The Paulett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Paulett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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