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Meaning and Name Origin

Paula \pa(u)-la\ 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.


Paula has 19 variants: 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 for both adults and children (#23511 out of 88799, Top 26%). (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. during 1950-1959, and is at #990 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Paula and affiliated names. 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). Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1940-1949 and has become significantly less since, with versions such as Paola, Paula, Paulina, Pollie and Polly becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

Paula is alike in pronunciation to Pali and Pella. Other recommended similar baby names are Phila and Raula. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paula.