The Scottish surname Paul, also found in England, Ireland, France and Germany, is of patronymic origin being derived form the personal name Paul. The personal name is derived from the latin paulus meaning “small.” The first known recordings of the surname in any spellings are in England and Germany, and early examples taken from authentic rolls and charters of the period include that of John Paul, which was dated 1292. In Germany the first known recording is that of Ludolf Pauli, given as being a Burger of Stettin, in the year 1325. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1630 when Daniel Paul settled in Boston. Today there are approximately 72,000 bearers of the name Paul living in the US.
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