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Paul Name Meaning

English, French, German, and Dutch: from the personal name Paul (Latin Paulus ‘small’), which has always been popular in Christendom. It was the name adopted by the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus after his conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus in about ad 34. He was a most energetic missionary to the Gentiles in the Roman Empire, and played a very significant role in establishing Christianity as a major world religion. The name was borne also by numerous other early saints. The American surname has absorbed cognates from other European languages, for example Greek Pavlis and its many derivatives. It is also occasionally borne by Jews; the reasons for this are not clear. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phóil ‘son of Paul’. Compare McFall. Catalan (Paül): habitational name from any of several places named Paül. Spanish: topographic name from paúl ‘marsh’, ‘lagoon’. Spanish: Castilianized form of Basque Padul, a habitational name from a town of this name in Araba province.

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

Similar surnames: Saul, Paule, Kaul, Palm, Pal, Pauli, Pahl, Pauls, Paulo, Faul

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Where is the Paul family from?

You can see how Paul families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Paul family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Paul families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 136 Paul families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 19% of all the recorded Paul's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Paul families in 1840.
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What did your Paul ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Paul. 15% of Paul men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Paul women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paul were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 76,000 immigration records available for the last name Paul. 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 93,000 military records available for the last name Paul. For the veterans among your Paul ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Paul lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Paul life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Paul in 1941 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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