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

During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Poul was first used in France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Poul family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Poul was an occupational name for a poultry farmer. Originally the name Poul was derived from the Old French word poulet, meaning chicken.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Poule, Poulle, Poul, Poulet, Poullet, Poulot, Poullot, Pouliot, Poulieau, Poulieaux, Pouliaut, Pouliaulx, Pouliault, Poulard, Poulat, Poulas, Poulastre, Poulastron, Pouleteau, Pouleteaux, Poulteau, Poulteaux, Poulié, Pouliet, Pouletier, Poultier, Poulain and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family was established in the village of Beaujolais, in the diocese of Langres.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poul research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1356, 1500, 1560, 1607, and 1699 are included under the topic Early Poul History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poul Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Poul Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Poul, who landed in Virginia in 1634


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

This page was last modified on 26 March 2015 at 15:58.

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