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What does Paola mean?

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

Associated with: small (little).


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

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

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

(male) Paoila, Paolal, ..

Middle name pairings:
Paola Aubrie (P.A.), ..

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)

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 #734. (2015 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.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Paola (#734 from recent data) listed in the Top 2000 are Paulina (#878 from recent data), Paula (#889), Polly, Paulita and Pollie. These forms of Paola reached the height of their popularity 65 years ago (usage of 0.4%) and have become much less popular since, with forms such as Paola 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.

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