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 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).
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).