This surname is one of considerable antiquity in the parish of Daviot, and occurs in the parish of Fintry in 1654. It is also found in the Lothians and in Fife, where it is considered 'by family tradition' a Flemish name, but this is not necessarily so, as it could have been taken to Scotland from settlers from England. PAUL was a baptismal name 'The son of Pawson' a popular 11th and 12th century English font name. The name was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Paulinus (without surname). Early records of the name also mention Stephen Paul, County Nottingham, 1273. John Pawle, of Yorkshire registered at Oxford University in 1521. Robert Paul was a member of council of the burgh of Stirling in 1528. Patrick Paule was a witness at Tuliboill in 1546. John Paule and Agnes Haywarde were married in London in the year of 1588. Baptised. Elizabeth Paulson, St. James's, London in 1702. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. This given name PAULUS 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 (ADc.34) He was a most energetic missionary to the gentiles in the Roman Empire, and perhaps played a more significant role than any other of Christ's followers in establishing Christianity as a major world religion. The name was borne also by numerous other early saints. The surname is also occasionally borne by Jews, although the reason for this is not clear. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Scotland
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