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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 Origin

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Paul Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Paul. 8% of Paul men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Paul women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paul were Retired and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife

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Paul Historical Records

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Passenger List

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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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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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