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What does Paula mean?

Paula Pronunciation of Paula [paula] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: small (little), roman, saint, 20th century (modern).


Paula has 19 variants: Paola, Paolina, Paule, Pauletta, Paulette, Pauli, Paulie, Paulina, Pauline, Paulita, Paulla, Paullette, Pauly, Pavia, Pavla, Pola, Polina, Pollie and Polly.

Creative forms:
(female) Paila, Pauta, ..

(male) Paulan, Pauley, ..

Middle name pairings:
Paula Rosalie (P.R.), ..

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)

Paula reached its apex position of #46 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #889 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Paola (#734 the previous year), Paul, Pauletta, Paulette, Paulina (#878), Pauline, Paulita, Pollie and Polly are the prominent variation forms of Paula (#889 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Paula reached its most widespread in the 1910s (adoption of 0.6%) and has become significantly diminished since, with versions such as Polly becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paula, Paola, Paul, Pauletta, Paulette in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Paula is alike in pronunciation to Pali, Pelia, Pella, Poli and Polli. Other recommended 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 (see Palma), 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.

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