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Paulson Name Meaning

English (Nottinghamshire): from the Middle English personal name Pole or Poul (from Latin Paulus modern Paul) + -son; see Paul . Americanized form (and a rare Swedish variant) of Swedish Paulsson: patronymic from the personal name Paul . Compare 3 below. Americanized form of Swedish Påhlsson or Pålsson: patronymic from the personal name På(h)l Swedish form of Paul . Compare 2 above. Americanized form of North German Danish and Norwegian Paulsen and Poulsen cognates of 2 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Poulson, Pawson, Karlson, Paulsen, Bulson, Poulsen, Paulin, Payson

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Where is the Paulson family from?

You can see how Paulson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Paulson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Paulson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Paulson families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Paulson's in USA. New York had the highest population of Paulson families in 1840.
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What did your Paulson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Paulson. 22% of Paulson men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Paulson women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paulson were Farm Laborer and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 107,000 census records available for the last name Paulson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Paulson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Paulson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Paulson. For the veterans among your Paulson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Paulson lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Paulson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Paulson in 1943 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

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