Recorded in over two hundred spelling forms throughout the Christian world this surname is of Roman (pre Christian) origins. The surname spellings range from examples such as Paul, Paule, and Pawle in England, Paolo and Paulo (Spain & Portugal), Pauli and Polo (Italy), Palle (Germany), Pabel (Czech) and Pal (Hungary), to all the patronymic and diminutive forms such as Paulson, Pauly, Paolozzi, Pavek, and many, many more. However spelt the name derives from the Latin word "paulus" meaning small, which became a baptismal term of endearment, as in 'small person'.

It is said that St Paul, having previously been Saul, adopted the name after his conversion to Christianity, and there is no doubt that the popularity of the name throughout Europe, largely derives from his well recorded and popular missionary work. In addition throughout Europe in the medieval period, 'Crusaders', the famous Knights Templar, returning from their various (unsuccessful) expeditions to free the Holy Land from the Muslims, called their children by biblical names in honour of their fathers prowess. In time these became surnames, and perhaps not surprisingly in a time of religious revival, one of the most popular of all surnames.

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 the charters called 'The Subsidy Rolls' of the city of London. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st, known as "The Hammer of the Scots," 1272 - 1307. In Germany the first known recording is that of Ludolf Pauli, given as being a Burger of Stettin, in the year 1325. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Our Paul family of Cornwall including May, Stott, & Trelease

Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg NICHOLAS 2 PAUL ~ see 2

Also see the Paul family of Bohemia who arrived in NZ on the ship Shakespeare on 23 January 1876


1.~ ~ ~ NICHOLAS PAUL was born in 1790 and was the son of JAMES PAUL and ANNE (surname unknown).

Siblings of Nicholas may have included:

*              RICHARD PAUL, born 1793

*              JAMES PAUL, born 1787.

Nicholas married ANN HEATH in 1821.

Children of NICHOLAS PAUL and ANN HEATH included:

*              WILLIAM HENRY PAUL, born 1822 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England; died 1841.

*              NICHOLAS 2 PAUL, born 26 January 1823 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

*              JAMES HEATH PAUL, born 1827 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

*              MARY ANN HEATH PAUL, born 1830 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

*              JOHN PAUL, born Abt. 1832 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

*              RICHARD PAUL, born Abt 1834 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

*              GEORGE PAUL, born Abt. 1836 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

*              EMMA PAUL, born Abt. 1838 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall.

Nicholas died in 1857 in Cornwall, England.


2. ~ ~ ~ NICHOLAS PAUL (NICHOLAS) was born on 26 January 1823 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England and was the second son of NICHOLAS PAUL and ANN HEATH. He was christened on 9 December 1823 in Perranarworthal.

Nicholas married HARRIET MAY on 26 April 1847 in Gwennap, Cornwall. Harriet was born on 30 December 1826 in Cusgarne, Gwennap and christened on 22 January 1827. Harriet was the fifth daughter of ABRAHAM MAY and JANE TRELEASE.

> Refer to the MAY family of Cornwall for more information about the family of Harriet.

Nicholas and Harriet and their six eldest children emigrated to the United States of America, leaving South Africa in April 1860 on the ship Alacrity. Their remaining four children were all born in Utah, USA.

Children of NICHOLAS PAUL and HARRIET MAY were:

*              HARRIET PAUL, born 23 February 1848 in Bissow Hill, Perranarworthal, Cornwall. Harriet died on 20 January 1897 at Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah in the USA.

*              JANE PAUL, born 28 December 1849 in Capetown, South Africa. Jane married JOHN THOMPSON ROWLEY on Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA. She died on 28 January 1908 in Shelley, Bingham, Idaho

*              ELIZABETH 3 PAUL, born 3 November 1851 in Mowbray, Capetown, South Africa.

*              WILLIAM PAUL, born 27 May 1854 in Mowbray, Capetown, South Africa. William married MIRANDA JANE ST-JEOR on 23 December 1876 in Tooele, Utah in the USA. He died on 29 November 1943 in Holden, Millard, Utah.

*              JOSEPH PAUL, born 29 July 1856 in Mowbray, Capetown, South Africa. Joseph married ODIANNA TREMBLAY. He died on 11 September 1934 in Provo, Utah in the USA.

*              HYRUM PAUL, born 2 June 1859 in Mowbray, Capetown, South Africa; died 11 November 1859.

*              MARY FRANCES PAUL, born on 28 May 1860 on board the ship Alacrity during the journey to the United States of America. Mary died in February 1868 in Deseret, Millard, Utah.

*              EMMA PAUL, born 20 October 1862 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, USA. Emma married ELIAS McCLELLAN SMITH on 29 September 1884 at Frisco, Beaver, Utah.

*              ELIZA ANN PAUL, born 19 December 1864 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, USA. Eliza died on 6 June 1891.

*              LAVINIA MAY PAUL, born 6 May 1866 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, USA. Lavinia married WILLIAM BUTSON on 15 December 1904 in Baker, White Pine, Nevada in the USA. She died on 22 August 1950 in Caliente, Lincoln, Nevada in the USA.

*              JOSEPHINE PAUL, born 28 January 1870 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, USA. Josephine married LOUIS HENRY CHERRINGTON on 17 October 1887 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah. Louis was born on 9 March 1867 in Salt Lake City, in Utah. Josephine died on 9 October 1938 in Oakland, Alameda, California, in the USA. Louis died on 6 May 1943 also in Oakland.


3. ~ ~ ~ ELIZABETH PAUL (NICHOLAS > NICHOLAS) was born on 3 November 1851 in Mowbray, Capetown in South Africa and was the third daughter of NICHOLAS PAUL and HARRIET MAY. Elizabeth married EDWIN STOTT on 18 February 1876 in Holden, Millard, Utah in the USA. Edwin was born on 5 November 1836 in Oldham, Lancashire, England.

Children of ELIZABETH PAUL and EDWIN STOTT were:

o                PAUL EDWARD STOTT, born 4 December 1876

o                ARTHUR LEES STOTT, born 10 May 1878

o                EVELYN MAY STOTT, born 7 November 1880

o                EMMA STOTT, born 25 November 1882

o                AMY LAURA STOTT, born 15 April 1884

o                WILLIAM EDWIN STOTT, born 10 September 1887

o                MABLE ANN STOTT, born 10 September 1891

Elizabeth died on 2 March 1918 at Mountain Home, Duchesne, in Utah. Edwin died on 19 February 1928 in Meadow, Millard, Utah.

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