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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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Paul Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Paul occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Paul's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Paul family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Paul.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 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 Card

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Paul Life Expectancy

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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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