Pauly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pauly is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pauly family lived in Pavilly, in Seine Maritime, Normandy.

"A monastery was founded here by Amalbert, Lord of Pavilly 664, which was restored by Thomas de Pavilly, c. 1090 (Neustria Pia, 328). Reginald de Pavilly died in the first Crusade at Acre (Des Bois). Ralph de Pavilly witnessed a charter of William Earl of Surrey, temp. Henry I." [1]

"The Pavelys," says Banks, were a very numerous family, and greatly divided, which renders a connected account most difficult to give with any accuracy to be depended upon." Contemporary with the above-named Ralph, according to Sir Richard Hoare, was Reginald de Paveley, Lord of Westbury in Wiltshire, where his descendants." [2]

Early Origins of the Pauly family

The surname Pauly was 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. [3]

"There was a flourishing branch seated at Bickenhall in the county of Somerset; and another in Hampshire ; but this latter, according to Woodward, was founded by Walter de Pavilly, Mayor of Rouen, who was one of those who were banished from Normandy on account of their adherence to King johns He settled at Winchester, whence the name came into the county. Reginald de Paveley in 1264 was one of the Hampshire barons summoned to serve against Llewellyn. Robert de Paviliaco held Rodington in Nottinghamshire in the time of Henry I., and founded a family that was seated there till the end of Edward III.'s reign." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two early entries for the family with the Pauly spelling: Geoffrey Pauly, Cambridgeshire; and William Pauly in Cambridgeshire. [4] [5]

Early History of the Pauly family

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Pauly Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pawley, Pauley, Paulye, Paulley and others.

Early Notables of the Pauly family (pre 1700)

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Pauly Ranking

In the United States, the name Pauly is the 10,859th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6] However, in France, the name Pauly is ranked the 1,649th most popular surname with an estimated 3,646 people with that name. [7]


United States Pauly migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pauly or a variant listed above were:

Pauly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan George Pauly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [8]
  • Paul Pauly, who settled in Philadelphia in 1764
  • Nicholas Pauly, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1766
Pauly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C. F. Pauly, who settled in New York, NY in 1850
  • Mathias Pauly, who arrived in America in 1850 [8]
  • Aug Pauly, who landed in America in 1852 [8]
  • Peter Johann Pauly, who arrived in America in 1853 [8]
  • William Pauly, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pauly (post 1700) +

  • Victor Pauly, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000 [9]
  • Sylvan Pauly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1944 [9]
  • John W. Pauly (b. 1865), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate, 1907-18; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1908 [9]
  • Frederick N. Pauly, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1877-80 [9]
  • Amalia H. Pauly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1924 [9]
  • Albert Pauly, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1909; Candidate for New York State Senate 7th District, 1909 [9]


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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