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What does Paul mean?

Paul Pronunciation of Paul as a boys' name is pronounced pahl. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Paul is "small". Popular Roman and medieval name used commonly since the 18th century. Biblical: the apostle evangelist. Paul's letters to early Christians form the majority of the books of the New Testament. The name is also borne by Sir Paul McCartney and the pope who headed Vatican II. Artists Paul C�zanne, Paul Gauguin; actors Paul Newman, Paul Bettany; Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere; musician Paul Simon; hockey player Pavel Bure.


ASSOCIATED WITH small (little), popular (famous), roman, medieval, 18th century, books (literary), war, hero


VARIANTS Havel, Paavo, Pablo, Pal, Paolo, Pasha, Pauel, Pauli, Paulie, Paulin, Paulino, Paulinus, Paulo, Paulos, Paulsen, Paulson, Paulus, Pauly, Pavel, Pavle, Pavlik, Pavlo, Pawel, Pol, Poll, Poul

SEE ALSO Paley, Pollard, Powell




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How popular is Paul?

Paul is a very prominent first name for males (#13 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#401 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Paul reached its apex position of #14 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #234 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Pablo (#420 FROM RECENT DATA), Paulo (#1758), Paolo, Pavel and Powell are the popular alternative forms of Paul (#234). Usage of these forms of Paul was widespread among parents during the years 1960-1969 (ADOPTION OF 1.28%) and has become significantly less since (ADOPTION 0.14%, DOWN 89%).

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

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

Similar Names

Paul is pronounced similarly to Pall, Peal, Peale, Peall, Pealle, Peel, Peele, Pell and Powel. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Gamul (see Gamal), Jul, Pace, Paco, Page, Pain, Pali, Par, Parr, Pat, Pats, Paz, Pazel, Perl, Phil, Pius, Raoul, Raul, Roul, Saul and Shaul. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paul.

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