What does Paula mean?
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.
(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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.