What does Paul mean?
Paul /paul/ as a boys' name is pronounced pahl. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Paul is "small".
Popular Roman and medieval name used commonly since the 18th century. Biblical: the apostle evangelist. Paul's letters to early Christians form the majority of the books of the New Testament. The name is also borne by Sir Paul McCartney and the pope who headed Vatican II. Artists Paul CÚzanne, Paul Gauguin; actors Paul Newman, Paul Bettany; Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere; musician Paul Simon; hockey player Pavel Bure.
Paul has 26 variants: Havel, Paavo, Pablo▲, Pal, Paolo, Pasha, Pauel, Pauli, Paulie, Paulin, Paulino, Paulinus, Paulo, Paulos, Paulsen, Paulson, Paulus, Pauly, Pavel, Pavle, Pavlik, Pavlo, Pawel, Pol, Poll and Poul.more]
How popular is Paul?
Paul is a very prominent first name for males (#13 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#401 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Paul for boys. Paul reached its apex position of #13 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #201 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Pablo (#396 2 years ago) is the only other popular alternative form of Paul (#201 2 years ago). Adoption of these forms of Paul was widespread among parents during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.8505%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.7015%, down 17.5%). Paul has historically been popular among parents, although Pablo seems to be getting popular too. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Paul and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)