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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 a very popular first name for females (#95 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23511 out of 88799, Top 26%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Paula for girls (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Paula name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Paula and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Paola (#679), Paulina (#953), Paula (#990), Pollie, Polly, Pauline, Pauletta, Paulette and Paul. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Paula is also pronounced similarly to Pali and Pella. Other suggested similar baby names are Phila and Raula. These names tend to be less commonly used than Paula.