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What does Paula mean?

Paula Pronunciation of Paula as a girls' name is pronounced PAW-lah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Paula is "small". Feminine of Paul. A Roman name and saint's name. Paula was used among early Christians , probably to honor Saint Paul. It was not used widely in English-speaking countries until the 20th century. In the meantime, it was mainly used as a German name. Actress Paulette Godard; singer Paula Abdul.


ASSOCIATED WITH small (little), roman, saint, 20th century (modern)


VARIANTS Paola, Paolina, Paule, Pauletta, Paulette, Pauli, Paulie, Paulina, Pauline, Paulita, Paulla, Paullette, Pauly, Pavia, Pavla, Pola, Polina, Pollie, Polly

(female) Paila, ..

(male) Paulan, ..

Paula Freya (P.F.), ..

How popular is Paula?

Paula is a very popular first name for females (#95 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#17323 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Paula reached its apex position of #46 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #793 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Paola (#963 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Paul, Pauletta, Paulette (#1953), Paulina (#918), Pauline, Paulita, Pollie and Polly are the prominent variation forms of Paula (#793) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Paula reached its most widespread in the 1910s (ADOPTION OF 0.7%) and has become significantly diminished since (ADOPTION 0.1%, 91.1%), with versions such as Polly becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paula, Paola, Paul, Pauletta, Paulette in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Paula is alike in pronunciation to Pali, Pelia, Pella, Poli and Polli. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alaula, Baila, Bayla, Beula, Caela, Caila, Cala, Calla, Carla, Cayla, Dalla, Darla, Dayla, Earla, Eula, Gala, Galla, Gayla, Giula, Hala, Jayla, Kaala, Kaela, Kahla, Kaila, Kala, Kalla, Karla, Katla, Kayla, Laela, Laila, Lala, Lalla, Layla, Lula, Mala, Marla, Naila, Nula, Oula, Padma, Palila, Pallas, Pallma (see Palma), Palma, Pama, Pamala, Pamela, Pania, Panya, Pasha, Paza, Pazia, Pearla, Perla, Petula, Phila, Raoula, Raula, Rayla, Seula, Shula, Sula, Talula, Tayla, Tula, Vala, Valla and Yula. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paula.

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