What does Saul mean?
Saul /saul/ [1 syll.] 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.
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)
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 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Saul and related names. Sol is the only other popular variation form of Saul (#447 in 2014). Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.66%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.2765%, ▼58.1%), with the form Sol becoming less fashionable. Saul (#447) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)