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What does Pal mean?

Pal Pronunciation of Pal [pal] as a boys' name is a Latin name, and the name Pal means "small". Pal is a version of Paul (Latin).

Associated with: small (little).


Pal has 5 variants: Pauel, Pawel, Pol, Poll and Poul.

16 more relations via Paul: Havel, Paavo, Pablo, Paolo, Pasha, Pauli, Paulie, Paulin, Paulo, Paulos, Paulus, Pauly, Pavel, Pavle, Pavlik and Pavlo.

Creative forms:
(male) Pa, Powl, ..

(female) Pala, Pale, ..

Middle name pairings:
Pal Sky (P.S.), ..

How popular is Pal?

Pal is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#12845 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Pablo (#393 the previous year), Paolo, Paul (#200), Paulo and Pavel are the prominent varying forms of Pal (not in Top 2000). Other forms, like Poll, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Pal was more pronounced among parents in the 1960s (adoption of 1.3%) and is now much less (adoption 0.1%, 88.4%), with the version Paul becoming less fashionable. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pablo, Paolo, Paul, Paulo, Pavel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Pal is alike in pronunciation to Pall, Peal, Peale, Peall, Pealle, Peel, Peele, Pell and Powel. Other suggested similar names are Cal, Dal, Gal, Hal, Pali, Par, Pat, Paz, Sal, Tal and Val. These names tend to be more commonly used than Pal.

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