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The Danish surname Paulsen is of patronymic origin; that is, it was created from the given name of the father of the original bearer of the name. The personal name Poul is a Danish form of the Latin name Paulus (in English Paul), which means "the little". This name was borne by the apostle Paul, who converted to Christianity around the year 35. In medieval Europe, people often named their children after biblical figures in hopes of invoking the protection of this figure.

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The surname Paulsen was first found in Denmark where a Mattis Poulson, was a knight who lived during the fifteenth century. He was a native of Krakum, and died in 1477.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Poulsen, Poulson, Palleson, Paulsen, Povlsen and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paulsen research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1718 is included under the topic Early Paulsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paulsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Paulsen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jurgen Paulsen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1642
  • Klaus Paulsen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662

Paulsen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Paulsen, who arrived in America in 1783

Paulsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Otto Paulsen, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ave Kistine Paulsen, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1869
  • Iver Paulsen, who landed in Iowa in 1885
  • August Paulsen, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1894

Paulsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Paulsen, who landed in Alabama in 1923
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  • Patrick Layton "Pat" Paulsen (1927-1997), American comedian and satirist, best known for his roles on the Smothers Brothers
  • Robert "Rob" Fredrick Paulsen III (b. 1956), American voice actor, best known as the voice of Raphael from the 1987 cartoon of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Paul L. Paulsen, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1916
  • Patrick Layton Paulsen (1927-1997), American politician, Candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1992
  • Louis L. Paulsen, American politician, Mayor of Coffeyville, Kansas, 1966-67
  • Lenore M. Paulsen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oregon State House of Representatives 45th District, 1996; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2000
  • John T. Paulsen (1837-1889), American politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1889
  • Ingvar Paulsen, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1918, 1919
  • Bill Paulsen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2012
  • Arthur Paulsen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952
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    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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