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

The name Pauley was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Pauley family lived in Dorset. The name, however, is a reference to Pavilly, in Seine Maritime, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pauley are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pauley include Pawley, Pauley, Paulye, Paulley and others.

First found in Dorset where they held a family seat at Charlton Marshall, when Reginald de Pavelli was granted the King's lands by King Henry II. Later King John granted Pillington of Norfolk to the Lords of Pavelli, Roger and Thomas. The son, however, Thomas Pavelli or Thomas Pawley still adhered to the King of France in 1204.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pauley research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1635 is included under the topic Early Pauley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Pauley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pauley, or a variant listed above:

Pauley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Pauley, who arrived in Maryland in 1676
  • James Pauley, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Pauley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Pauley, who arrived in New England in 1712

Pauley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Pauley, who arrived in Baltimore in 1829
  • John Pauley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1849
  • Mrs. A. Pauley, who settled in San Francisco in 1872

Pauley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Pauley, who came to New York in 1900

Pauley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Pauley settled in Harbour Breton in 1851

Pauley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frank Pauley, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Caroline Pauley, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Kate Pauley, aged 26, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876


  • William H. Pauley (b. 1952), United States federal judge
  • Robert Reinhold Pauley (1923-2009), American radio broadcasting executive
  • Mary Dominica Pauley (b. 1980), more commonly known as Mieka Pauley, is an American singer-songwriter
  • Edwin Wendell Pauley Sr. (1903-1981), American businessman and political leader
  • Margaret Jane Pauley (b. 1950), American television journalist
  • David Wayne Pauley (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • William Cecil de Pauley (1893-1968), Church of Ireland bishop and author in the 20th century


  • Ancestors and Kin by Robert Walden Coggeshall.

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The Pauley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pauley 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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