What does Paula mean?
Paula /pau-la/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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 popularity 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 girl names reached its most widespread during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.3823%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.042%, ▼89%), with versions such as Paola, Paula, Paulina, Pollie and Polly becoming somewhat dated. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Paula and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)