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.
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).
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).