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Paul 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. Pablo is a Spanish form; Paolo is Italian; Paulino, Paulo are Portuguese; Pal, Poul are Scandinavian; Pauel is Latin; Paulus is Slavic; Pavlik, Pavlo are Russian; Pavel is English; Paulson is Dutch, Scandinavian. 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 names Paley, Pollard and Powell.
Baby names that sound like Paul are Pall, Bail, Pali, Peall, Peal, Peel and Pell.
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Popularity of Paul
Paul is a very popular first name for men (#13 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#408 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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