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Gender: M Meaning of Saul: "prayed for" Origin of Saul: Hebrew Saul's Popularity in 2014: #447

Jewish parents in particular may be drawn to this quiet, composed name of the first king of Israel and the name of Saint Paul before his conversion. In modern times, it has been associated with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow. Its meaning makes it appropriate for a long-awaited child.

Saul is a character in a John Dryden poem, and heard in the Handel oratorio, "Saul."

Some other Sauls of note: Saul Steinberg, known for his iconic New Yorker covers, and graphic artist/movie credit designer Saul Bass. The birth name of Guns n Roses's Slash is Saul Hudson. On recent TV, there have been Sauls on Breaking Bad and Homeland.

Famous People Named Saul

Saul Williams, American poet
Saul Bass, American filmmaker
Saul Kripke, American philosopher
Saul Rubinek, Canadian actor, playwright, musician
King Saul, the first king of the united Kingdom of Israel according to the Bible
Saul Bellow, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Saul Perlmutter, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Pop Culture References for the name Saul

"Better Call Saul," spinoff from "Breaking Bad"
Saul Goodman, "Breaking Bad"
Saul Berenson, "Homeland"
Saul Silver, James Franco's character in "Pineapple Express"


Saul's International Variations

Saula, SaÚl (Spanish)