Paulson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Paulson family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name Paulson was 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 Paulson family

The surname Paulson 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 Paulson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paulson research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1456, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Paulson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paulson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Paulson has been spelled Polson, Poulson, Poulsen, Poulsin, Poleson, Pole and many more.

Early Notables of the Paulson family (pre 1700)

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United States Paulson migration to the United States +

Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Paulson:

Paulson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Paulson, aged 33, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
Paulson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Paul Paulson, who landed in New York, NY in 1748 [1]
  • Catharine Paulson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1749 [1]
Paulson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes Paulson, aged 27, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849 [1]
  • Hans Paulson, who arrived in Iowa in 1872 [1]
  • Christian Paulson, who landed in Iowa in 1876 [1]
Paulson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Amund Paulson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1925 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Paulson (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Paulson (1958-2017), American entrepreneur, son of American professor Ronald Paulson
  • Philip K. Paulson (1947-2006), American political activist
  • Pat Paulson (1927-1997), American comedian who ran for election to the U.S. presidency six times between 1968 and 1996 inclusive
  • Lawrence Paulson (b. 1955), American computer scientist
  • Jeanne Paulson, American actress
  • John Paulson (b. 1956), American hedge fund manager
  • Henry Paulson (b. 1946), American banker and former Treasury Secretary
  • Erik Paulson (b. 1966), American mixed martial artist
  • Dennis Paulson (b. 1962), American professional golfer
  • Andrew Paulson (b. 1958), American businessman
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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