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Saul Name Meaning

English, French, German, Italian, and Jewish: from the personal name Saul (Hebrew Shaul ‘asked-for’), the name of the king of Israel whose story is recounted in the first book of Samuel. In spite of his success in uniting Israel and his military prowess, Saul had a troubled reign, not least because of his long conflict with the young David, who eventually succeeded him. Perhaps for this reason, the personal name was not particularly common in medieval times. A further disincentive to its popularity as a Christian name was the fact that it was the original name of St. Paul, borne by him while he was persecuting Christians, and rejected by him after his conversion to Christianity. It may in part have arisen as a nickname for someone who had played the part of the Biblical king in a religious play.

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


Similar surnames: Paul, Maul, Aul, Baum, Sall, Shaul, Saal, Sas, Kaul, Saum

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Where is the Saul family from?

You can see how Saul families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Saul family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Saul families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Saul families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 38% of all the recorded Saul's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Saul families in 1840.
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What did your Saul ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Saul. 14% of Saul men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Saul women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Saul were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Saul. For the veterans among your Saul ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Saul lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Saul life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Saul in 1946 was 69, and 76 in 2004.

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