Poulsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Danish surname Poulsen is of patronymic origin; that is, it was created from the given name of the father of the original bearer of the name. The personal name Poul is a Danish form of the Latin name Paulus (in English Paul), which means "the little". This name was borne by the apostle Paul, who converted to Christianity around the year 35. In medieval Europe, people often named their children after biblical figures in hopes of invoking the protection of this figure.

Early Origins of the Poulsen family

The surname Poulsen was first found in Denmark where a Mattis Poulson, was a knight who lived during the fifteenth century. He was a native of Krakum, and died in 1477.

Early History of the Poulsen family

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Poulsen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Poulsen, Poulson, Palleson, Paulsen, Povlsen and others.

Early Notables of the Poulsen family (pre 1700)

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United States Poulsen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Poulsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agnes Johanne L. Poulsen, aged 3, who landed in America from Aarhue, Denmark, in 1907
  • Andrea L. Poulsen, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Sonderbroen, Denmark, in 1909
  • Andreas G. Poulsen, aged 19, who landed in America from Dragor, Denmark, in 1909
  • Alfred Poulsen, aged 18, who landed in America from Hindbjerg, Denmark, in 1910
  • Amisten Martinus Poulsen, aged 18, who landed in America from Hounsted, Denmark, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Poulsen (post 1700) +

  • Niels I. Poulsen, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1940 [1]
  • Valdemar Poulsen (1869-1942), Danish engineer who in 1899 developed the magnetic tape recorder
  • Simon Poulsen (b. 1984), Danish footballer
  • Christian Poulsen (b. 1980), Danish professional football player
  • Hans Poulsen (b. 1945), Australian singer-songwriter


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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