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Paula 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 form 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.

Baby names that sound like Paula are Baila, Bayla, Beula, Pali and Pella.

Popularity of Paula

Paula is a very popular first name for women (#95 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23511 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Paula compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Paula only.

Popularity of name Paula
Popularity of Paula