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What does Paulo mean?

Paulo /pau-lo/ as a boys' name. Paulo's root is Latin, and Paulo means "small". Paulo is a variant form of Paul (Latin) with the suffix -o.

Associated with: small (little)


Paulo has 4 variants: Paolo, Pauli, Paulie and Pauly.

Paulo has 19 more alternative forms via Paul: Paavo, Pablo, Pal, Pasha, Pauel, Paulin, Paulino, Paulos, Paulsen, Paulson, Paulus, Pavel, Pavle, Pavlik, Pavlo, Pawel, Pol, Poll and Poul.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Palo, Pealo, ..

(female) Paulome, Pauro, ..

How popular is Paulo?

Paulo is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#18312 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Paulo for boys. Paulo entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its peak rank of #1003 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is presently at #1942. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paulo name in U.S.

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

Popular variation forms of Paulo (#1942 last year) are Pablo (#396 last year), Paolo, Paul (#201) and Pavel. Other variants, like Pavle, are seldom used. These relations of Paulo reached the top of their popularity in the 1960s (median #1194) and are now significantly less popular (#1307, 88%), with the form Paul becoming less stylish.

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

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

Similar Names


Paulo is alike in pronunciation to Paley and Pali. Other recommended names are Carlo, Gallo, Galo, Harlo, Karlo, Lallo, Lalo, Laslo, Lazlo, Pablos, Paco, Pall, Philo, Pluto and Saulo. These names tend to be more frequently used than Paulo.