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Paula meaning and name origin
Paula \pa(u)-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced PAW-lah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Paula is "small". 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.
Paula has 19 variant forms: Paola, Paolina, Paule, Pauletta, Paulette, Pauli, Paulie, Paulina, Pauline, Paulita, Paulla, Paullette, Pauly, Pavia, Pavla, Pola, Polina, Pollie and Polly.
Paula is also pronounced similarly to Pali and Pella. Other suggested similar baby names are Phila and Raula.
Popularity of Paula
Paula is a very popular first name for females (#95 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23511 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Paula name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Paula with its variant forms and related girl baby names.