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What does Saul mean?

Saul [saul] as a boys' name is pronounced sahl. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Saul is "prayed for".

Biblical: the first king of Israel; also the Hebrew name of the apostle Paul. The name was most used in the late 19th century. Author Saul Bellow.

Associated with: biblical, king, 19th century.


Saul has 4 variants: Saulo, Shaul, Sol and Sollie.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Saly, Saully, ..

(female) Sasi, Saulsi, ..

How popular is Saul?

Saul is a very prominent first name for males (#474 out of 1220, Top 39%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4685 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Saul for boys. Saul reached its top rank of #270 in the U.S. in 1997, and is presently at #447. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Saul and related names. Sol and Sollie are the popular variation forms of Saul (#447 in 2014). Adoption of these forms of Saul reached its peak 104 years ago (usage of 0.1%) and is somewhat less today, with the form Sol becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Saul, Sol, Sollie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Saul and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Saul is pronounced similarly to Sail, Sal, Seal, Sewall, Sill, Zale and Zayle. Other suggested similar names are Gamul (see Gamal), Jul, Paul, Poul, Raoul, Raul, Roul, Saad, Sable, Sabr, Sage, Sahel, Sahil, Said, Sam, Sami, Samm, Samuel, Samy, Savil, Saxe, Shaun, Shug and Spud. These names tend to be less frequently used than Saul.