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Gender: M Meaning of Paul: "small" Origin of Paul: Latin Paul's Popularity in 2013: #198

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Paul is an ancient name -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity. Paul also boasts a wide range of name-sharing heroes, from Revere to Newman, Cezanne to McCartney.

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Famous People Named Paul

Paul the Apostle, originally Saul, became Paul after encountering Jesus
Paul William Walker IV, American actor (d. 2013)
Paul Wesley, American actor
Paul Bettany, English actor
Paul David "Bono" Hewson, member of U2
Paul McCartney, member of 'The Beatles'
Paul McGann, English actor
Paul Newman, American actor and entrepreneur (d. 2008)
Paul Rudd, American actor
Paul Simon, half of Simon & Garfunkel duo
Paul Gray, bassist for Slipknot
Paul Colbert, son of Stephen Colbert & Evelyn McGee-Colbert
Paul Reiser, American comedian and actor
Paul Albert Anka, Canadian singer
Paul Cerdan, son of French boxing champion Marcel Cerdan.
Paul Newell Hester, Australian musician
Paul Erdos, renowned Hungarian mathmatician
Paul Davies, English physicist
Paul Dirac, English theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
Paul Rodriguez, American pro skateboarder
Paul Heyman, professional wrestling promoter/manager
Paul Ryan, Republican U.S. Representative & former VP running mate
Paul Butcher, Sr., former American footballer player
Paul Matthew Hawke Butcher, Jr., American actor & singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Paul

Paul Bunyan, tall tale literary figure
Paul Atreides, main characer of science fiction series "Dune"
Paul McLean, character in movie "A River Runs Through It" (Brad Pitt)
Paul, a child that Miss Price looks after in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"
Paul, Phoebe's elder twin brother in Memory Keeper's Daughter.
Paul Blofis, Percy's stepfather in the Percy Jackson series (Rick Riordan)
Paul Buchman, character on "Mad About You"
Paul Slippery, character on "Fortysomething"
Paul Pfeiffer, Kevin's best friend on The Wonder Years
Paul Crewe, from the movie "The Longest Yard"
Paul, one of Ash's rivals in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl anime series (Pokemon)
Paul Geary, character from movie "Promised Land"
Paul Dierdan, character in sci-fi thriller "Orphan Black," portrayed by Dylan Bruce.

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