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Meaning and name origin

Paul \paul\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: 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.

For more information, see also related boy names Paley, Pollard and Powell.

There are 2 feminine forms of Paul: Paula and Paulina.


Paul is a very popular first name for males (#13 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#408 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Paul for boys. Paul reached its highest rank of #13 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Paul and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Paul (#201) and Pablo (#396). (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Pablo, Paul in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Paul is also pronounced similarly to Pall, Peal, Peall, Peel and Pell. Other suggested similar baby names are Pali, Phil, Raul and Saul. These names tend to be less commonly used than Paul.