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What does Paola mean?

Paola Pronunciation of Paola as a girls' name is of Latin origin, and the name Paola means "small". Paola is an alternate spelling of Paula (Latin): feminine of Paul.


ASSOCIATED WITH small (little)


VARIANTS Polly, Pollie, Pola, Pauly, Paulla, Paulie, Pauli

OTHER FORMS VIA PAULA Paolina, Paule, Paulina, Paulita, Pavia, Pavla, Polina

(female) Pala, ..

(male) Paoila, ..

Paola Wren (P.W.), ..

How popular is Paola?

Paola is a very prominent first name for females (#1949 out of 4276, Top 46%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#40203 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Paola entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its top rank of #300 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #963. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Paola (#963 FROM RECENT DATA) listed in the Top 2000 are Paula (#793), Paulina (#918), Paulita, Pollie and Polly. These forms of Paola reached the height of their popularity 68 years ago (USAGE OF 0.5%) and have become much less popular since (USAGE 0.1%, DOWN 89%), with forms such as Paula falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paola, Paula, Paulina, Paulita, Pollie, Polly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Paola is alike in pronunciation to Pali, Pelia, Pella, Poli and Polli. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Adola, Baila, Bayla, Caela, Caila, Cala, Calla, Carla, Cayla, Darla, Dayla, Dola, Earla, Enola, Gaila, Gala, Galla, Hala, Iola, Izola, Jayla, Jola, Kaala, Kaela, Kahla, Kaila, Kala, Kalla, Karla, Katla, Kayla, Laela, Laila, Lala, Lalla, Layla, Leola, Lola, Mala, Marla, Nacola (see Nicola), Naila, Neola, Nola, Noola, Padma, Palila, Palma, Paloma, Pama, Pamala, Pamela, Pania, Panya, Pasha, Paza, Pazia, Pearla, Perla, Phila, Poll, Raoula, Raula, Tayla, Tola, Vala, Valla, Viola, Yola and Zola. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paola.

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