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Pauls (Pauels, Pauwels, Paulsen), a family name common among Mennonites of Prusso-Russian back ground which was found in the Danzig and Prussian Mennonite churches as early as 1621; e.g., Thiensdorf, Orloff, Danzig, Elbing, Konigsberg, Montau-Gruppe, Kazun, and Heubuden. The origin of the name is Paulsen (son). Heinrich Pauls was a minister of the Mennonite Church in Galicia. In the late 1950s, Jacob M. Pauls was co-elder of the Bergthal Mennonite Church of Manitoba and Wilhelm Pauls, founder of the Didsbury Bible School, Alberta, was a minister.


Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof: Mennonitische Geschichtsverein, 1940.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Pauls (Pauels, Pauwels, Paulsen) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 27 Oct 2016.,_Pauwels,_Paulsen)_family&oldid=120837.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1959). Pauls (Pauels, Pauwels, Paulsen) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 October 2016, from,_Pauwels,_Paulsen)_family&oldid=120837.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 125. All rights reserved.

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