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What does Paola mean?

Paola /pao-la/ as a girls' name is of Latin origin, and the name Paola means "small". Paola is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -ola, of Paula (Latin): feminine of Paul.

Associated with: small (little).


Paola has 7 variants: Pauli, Paulie, Paulla, Pauly, Pola, Pollie and Polly.

Paola has 7 more different relations via Paula: Paolina, Paule, Paulina, Paulita, Pavia, Pavla and Polina.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Pala, Paopa, ..

(male) Paoila, Paolal, ..

How popular is Paola?

Paola is a very prominent first name for females (#1949 out of 4276, Top 46%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#40203 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Paola for girls. Paola entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its top rank of #300 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #679. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paola name in U.S.

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

Prominent varying forms of Paola (#679 from recent data) listed in the Top 2000 are Paulina (#953 from recent data), Paula (#990), Polly, Paulita and Pollie. These forms of Paola reached the height of their popularity 64 years ago (usage of 0.4%) and have become much less popular since, with forms such as Paulina falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paola, Paula, Paulina, Paulita, Pollie, Polly in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Paola is alike in pronunciation to Pali, Pelia, Pella, Poli and Polli. Other suggested similar names are Adola, Baila, Bayla, Caela, Caila, Cala, Calla, Carla, Cayla, Darla, Dayla, Dola, Earla, Enola, Gaila, Gala, Galla, Hala, Iola, Izola, Jayla, Jola, Kaala, Kaela, Kahla, Kaila, Kala, Kalla, Karla, Katla, Kayla, Laela, Laila, Lala, Lalla, Layla, Leola, Lola, Mala, Marla, Nacola (see Nicola), Naila, Neola, Nola, Noola, Padma, Palila, Palma, Paloma, Pama, Pamala, Pamela, Pania, Panya, Pasha, Paza, Pazia, Pearla, Perla, Phila, Poll, Raoula, Raula, Tayla, Tola, Vala, Valla, Viola, Yola and Zola. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paola.