For years, my family thought my father's side was Norwegian. Paulison, from Paulson. But actually, after doing a lot of research on that side, we found out it is Dutch and derived from Pauelson. My grandfather's descendents came over in the late 1500s and settled in New Jersey. The name eventually became Powelson, but around the time of the civil war, some direct descendents went to Virginia and took that name--and my grandfather's side headed to Indiana and took the name became Paulison.