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Gender: M Meaning of Paul: "small" Origin of Paul: Latin Paul's Popularity in 2014: #201

To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, Paul had a thrillingly unique image, but to the rest of the world, then and now, it's a name that's so simple and yet so widely diffuse that it could belong to almost anyone. 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 has a rich religious background: Saint Paul (originally called Saul but baptized Paul after his conversion) was a cofounder with Peter of the Christian church, and there have been six Pope Pauls.

Paul also boasts a wide range of name-sharing heroes, from Revere to Newman, Cezanne to McCartney. Some creative foreign versions are Pablo (Spanish), Paolo (Itlaian), Pavel (Russian) and Paavo (Finnish). Paul currently ranks at Number 201 in the U.S. -- and is Number 3 in Germany.

Famous People Named Paul

Paul the Apostle
Saint Paul of Thebes, first Christian hermit
Paul the Deacon, Italian monk and historian
Paul I, Emperor of Russia
Paul, King of Greece
Paul, Prince Regent of Yugoslavia
Paul Gardner Allen, American co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Albert Anka, Canadian singer
Paul Bettany, English actor
Paul Frederic Bowles, American composer and novelist
Paul Butcher, Sr., former American footballer player
Paul Matthew Hawke Butcher, Jr., American actor & singer
Paul Celan, German poet
Paul Cerdan, son of French boxing champion Marcel Cerdan
Paul Cezanne, French Impressionist painter
Paul Claudel, French poet
Paul Colbert, son of comedian/TV host Stephen Colbert & Evelyn McGee-Colbert
Newton Edward "Paul" Daniels, English musician and TV personality
Paul Davies, English physicist
Paul Di'Anno (born Andrews), lead singer of English band Iron Maiden
Paul Dirac, English theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
Paul Dobson, English-Canadian voice actor
Paul Eluard, French poet
Paul Erdos, Hungarian mathematician
Paul John Gascoigne, English footballer
Paul Gauguin, French post-Impressionist painter
Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti, American actor
Paul Brandon Gilbert, American rock guitarist
Paul Gray, bassist for American band Slipknot
Paul Newell Hester, Australian musician
Paul David "Bono" Hewson, member of the band U2
Paul Heyman, American pro wrestling promoter/manager
Paul Higgins, bodyguard of British boyband One Direction
Paul Hindemith, German composer
Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince, English footballer
(Paul) Kevin Jonas II, American musician
Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya, Canadian ice hockey player
Paul Klee, Swiss painter
Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger, 5th president of South Africa
Paul Michael Levesque aka Triple H, American pro wrestler
Paul Edward Lynde, American actor/comedian
Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, prime minister of Canada
(James) Paul McCartney, English musician
Paul John McGann, English actor
Paul Mellon, American philanthropist and horse breeder
Paul Merton (born Paul James Martin), English actor/comedian
Paul Newman, American actor
Paul Reiser, American comedian and actor
Paul Revere, American revolutionary
Paul Leroy Robeson, American singer and actor
Paul Rodriguez, American pro skateboarder
Paul Rudd, American actor
Paul Ryan, U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin
Paul Simon, American singer-songwriter
Paul Anthony Sorvino, American actor
(Noel) Paul Stookey, American singer-songwriter of Peter, Paul & Mary
Paul Edward Theroux, American travel writer and novelist
Paul F. Tompkins, American actor and comedian
Paul William Walker IV, late American actor
Paul Glee Waner, American baseball player
Paul Wesley, American actor
Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr., American songwriter
Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist, voice actor, comedian

Pop Culture References for the name Paul

Rev. Paul Coates - the priest from the popular ITV series "Broadchurch"
Paul Baumer, adolescent protagonist and German soldier in the acclaimed World War I novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque
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"
Paul Rawlins, character in movie "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"
Paul Henry, character in "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards
Paul Blofis, character in the Heroes of Olympus series
Paul Buchman, character on "Mad About You"
Paul Slippery, character on TV's "Fortysomething"
Paul Pfeiffer, character on TV's "The Wonder Years"
Paul Crewe, character in 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 on TV's "Orphan Black"
Paul Williams, character on soap "The Young and the Restless"
Paul Robinson, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Paul Kinsey, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Paul Exley, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Paul, alien in the movie "Paul"
Paul Ballard, character on TV's Dollhouse

Paulo, Pauly, Pauli, Pauley, Pawl, Paulie, Pall