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What does Paulsen mean?

Paulsen Pronunciation of Paulsen [paulsen] as a name for boys is of Latin origin, and the meaning of the name Paulsen is "small". Paulsen is a variant form of Paul (Latin).

Associated with: small (little).


Paulsen has 1 variant: Paulson.

10 more alternative forms via Paul: Pauel, Pauli, Paulie, Paulin, Paulino, Paulo, Paulos, Paulus, Pauly and Pavle.

Creative forms:
(male) Palsen, Pelsen, ..

(female) Paulan, Paulse, ..

Middle name pairings:
Paulsen Emil (P.E.), ..

How popular is Paulsen?

Paulsen is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2979 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Paulsen (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000 are Paul (#200 in recent rankings) and Paulo. These forms of Paulsen were favored during the years 1960-1969 (average #855) and have become much less popular since (#1100, 91.6% less usage), with the form Paul becoming less in vogue. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paul, Paulo in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Paul outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Babsen (see Babson), Baylen, Caelen, Carlsen, Carlssen (see Carlsen), Carsen, Cullen, Dalen, Dallen, Dalten, Daylen, Falken, Gaillen, Galen, Gallven (see Galvin), Galten, Galven, Garlen, Gaylen, Halden, Halen, Hallen, Halten (see Halton), Hamlen, Hansen, Hanssen, Harlen, Jacksen, Jaillen, Jaisen, Jalen, Jansen, Janssen, Jasen, Jaylen, Jaysen, Judsen, Julien, Kalen, Karlsen, Karlssen (see Carlsen), Larsen, Lauren, Malden, Mallen, Marlen, Maslen, Massen, Nelsen, Paden, Paley, Pallmer (see Palmer), Palmer, Parken, Parson, Paten, Patten, Paxten, Raylen, Sachsen (see Saxe), Talen, Tallen, Tamsen, Tansen, Valen, Vallen, Walden and Waylen. These names tend to be more commonly used than Paulsen.

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