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What does Paola mean?

Paola \pa(o)-la\ as a girls' name is of Latin origin, and the name Paola means "small". Paola is a variation of Paula (Latin): feminine of Paul. Common choice for a name for newborns.


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

Paola has 11 more different forms via Paula: Paolina, Paule, Pauletta, Paulette, Paulina, Pauline, Paulita, Paullette, Pavia, Pavla and Polina.


Paola is a very prominent first name for females (#1949 out of 4276, Top 46%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#80104 out of 88799, Top 90%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Paola for girls. Paola entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its top rank of #300 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #679. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Paulina (#953 last year), Paula (#990), Polly, Pollie, Paulette, Pauletta and Pauline. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1940-1949 and have become much less popular since, with forms such as Paulina, Paola, Paula, Polly and Pollie falling out of fashion. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Paola and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Paola, Paula, Pauletta, Paulette, Paulina, Pauline, Pollie, Polly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Paola is alike in pronunciation to Pali, Pella and Poli. Other suggested similar baby names are Phila and Poll. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paola.