Poulsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Poulsen is an ancient Viking-Scottish name derived from the personal name Paul. This name, which is derived from the Norse name Pál, was very popular among the Northmen.
Early Origins of the Poulsen family
The surname Poulsen was first found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Poulsen family
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Poulsen Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Poulsen include Polson, Poulson, Poulsen, Poulsin, Poleson, Pole and many more.
Early Notables of the Poulsen family (pre 1700)
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Poulsen migration to the United States +
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Poulsen or a variant listed above, including:
Poulsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agnes Johanne L. Poulsen, aged 3, who landed in America from Aarhue, Denmark, in 1907
- Andrea L. Poulsen, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Sonderbroen, Denmark, in 1909
- Andreas G. Poulsen, aged 19, who landed in America from Dragor, Denmark, in 1909
- Alfred Poulsen, aged 18, who landed in America from Hindbjerg, Denmark, in 1910
- Amisten Martinus Poulsen, aged 18, who landed in America from Hounsted, Denmark, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Poulsen (post 1700) +
- Niels I. Poulsen, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1940 
- Valdemar Poulsen (1869-1942), Danish engineer who in 1899 developed the magnetic tape recorder
- Hans Poulsen (b. 1945), Australian singer-songwriter
- Simon Poulsen (b. 1984), Danish footballer
- Christian Poulsen (b. 1980), Danish professional football player
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