Pawle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Pawle is derived from the ancient Latin personal name Paulus meaning small. It has always been common in Christendom due to the importance and enduring popularity of St. Paul. "As a Christian name, examples are not common but it can hardly be regarded as 'a very rare name in the Middle Ages' in view of the numerous forms and derivatives." [1]

Early Origins of the Pawle family

The surname Pawle was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire at Paull, a parish, in the union of Patrington, S. division of the wapentake of Holderness. The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Pagele, and literally meant "place at the stake, (marking a landing-place)" from the Old English word "pagal." [2] In early times there were three settlements: Paull Fleet; Up Paull and Paull Holme. All merged in the 16th century or so to become Paull. Not withstanding the parish reference, due to the aforementioned personal name origin, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 show the scattered mention of the name at that time: Stephen Paul in Nottinghamshire; [3] and Thomas filius Pole in Derbyshire. [1] The lion's share of the family claim Scotland as their homeland and rightly so. "This surname is one of considerable antiquity in the parish of Daviot, and occurs in the parish of Fintry in 1654. It is also found in the Lothians and in Fife, where it is considered "by family tradition a Flemish name," but is not necessarily so. " [4]

Important Dates for the Pawle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pawle research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1685, 1528, 1546, 1659, 1696, 1599, 1665, 1663, 1678, 1716, 1563, 1637, 1349, 1309 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Pawle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pawle Spelling Variations

The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Pawle has also been spelled Paul, Paule, Pauls, Paull, Paulls and others.

Early Notables of the Pawle family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Sir Charles St. Paul of Gloucestershire; and William Paul (1599-1665), Dean of Lichfield, Bishop of Oxford in 1663. Another William Paul (1678-1716) was a Jacobite, the eldest son of John Paul, who possessed the small estate of Little Ashby, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire. He was arrested at least...
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Migration of the Pawle family to Ireland

Some of the Pawle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Pawle migration to the United States

Some of the first North American settlers with Pawle name or one of its variants:

Pawle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humph Pawle, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [5]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ 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)
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