What does Paula mean?
Feminine of Paul. A Roman name and saint's name. Paula was used among early Christians , probably to honor Saint Paul. It was not used widely in English-speaking countries until the 20th century. In the meantime, it was mainly used as a German name. Actress Paulette Godard; singer Paula Abdul.
How popular is Paula?
Paula is a very popular first name for females (#95 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#17323 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name history of Paula for girls. Paula reached its apex position of #48 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #990 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Paola (#679 the previous year), Paul, Pauletta, Paulette, Paulina (#953), Pauline, Pollie and Polly are the prominent variation forms of Paula (#990 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these relations of Paula reached its most widespread in the 1940s (adoption of 0.38%) and is somewhat less today (adoption 0.04%, ▼89%), with versions such as Polly becoming less trendy.
Thinking of names?
Paula▼ is alike in pronunciation to Pali, Pelia, Pella, Poli and Polli. Other recommended similar baby names are Alaula, Baila, Bayla, Beula, Caela, Caila, Cala, Calla, Carla▼, Cayla▼, Dalla, Darla▼, Dayla, Earla, Eula▼, Gala, Galla, Gayla▼, Giula, Hala, Jayla▲, Kaala, Kaela▼, Kahla, Kaila▼, Kala▼, Kalla, Karla▲, Katla, Kayla▲, Laela, Laila▲, Lala, Lalla, Layla▲, Lula▼, Mala, Marla▼, Naila, Nula, Oula, Padma, Palila, Pallas, Pallma, Palma▼, Pama, Pamala▼, Pamela▼, Pania, Panya, Pasha, Paza, Pazia, Pearla, Perla▼, Petula, Phila, Raoula, Raula, Rayla, Seula, Shula, Sula▼, Talula, Tayla, Tula, Vala, Valla and Yula. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paula.