Paul Origin and Meaning

The name Paul is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "small".

To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, the boys' name 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 for boys -- 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's single syllable also make it one of the most popular traditional middle names.

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Famous People Named Paul

  • Saint Paul the Apostle
  • Saint Paul of Thebesfirst Christian hermit
  • Paul IEmperor of Russia
  • PaulKing of Greece
  • PaulPrince Regent of Yugoslavia
  • Paul RevereAmerican revolutionary
  • Paul the DeaconItalian monk and historian
  • Paul Gardner AllenAmerican co,founder of Microsoft
  • Paul Albert AnkaCanadian singer
  • Paul PoirierCanadian ice dancer
  • Paul BettanyEnglish actor
  • Paul RusesabaginaRwandan humanitarian
  • Paul KarmiryanAmerican dancer and actor
  • Paul BlackthorneEnglish actor
  • Paul Frederic BowlesAmerican composer and novelist
  • Paul ButcherSr., former American footballer player
  • Paul Matthew Hawke ButcherJr., American actor & singer
  • Paul CelanGerman poet
  • Paul Cerdanson of French boxing champion Marcel Cerdan
  • Paul CezanneFrench Impressionist painter
  • Paul ClaudelFrench poet
  • Paul Winchell (born Wilchinsky)American ventriloquist, comedian, actor, voice artist, humanitarian and inentor
  • Newton Edward "Paul" DanielsEnglish magician and TV personality
  • Paul DaviesEnglish physicist
  • Paul Di'Anno (born Andrews)lead singer of English band Iron Maiden
  • Paul DiracEnglish theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
  • Paul DobsonEnglish,Canadian voice actor
  • Paul EluardFrench poet
  • Paul ErdosHungarian mathematician
  • Paul GarciaAmerican musician of rock band "The Cab"
  • Paul John GascoigneEnglish footballer
  • Paul GauguinFrench post,Impressionist painter
  • Paul Edward Valentine GiamattiAmerican actor
  • Paul Brandon GilbertAmerican rock guitarist
  • Paul Graybassist for American band Slipknot
  • Paul GuilfoyleAmerican actor
  • Paul Newell HesterAustralian musician
  • Paul David "Bono" Hewsonmember of the band U2
  • Paul HeymanAmerican pro wrestling promoter/manager
  • Paul HindemithGerman composer
  • Paul Emerson Carlyle InceEnglish footballer
  • (Paul) Kevin Jonas IIAmerican musician
  • Paul Tetsuhiko KariyaCanadian ice hockey player
  • Paul KleeSwiss painter
  • Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger5th president of South Africa
  • Paul Michael Levesque aka Triple HAmerican pro wrestler
  • Paul Edward LyndeAmerican actor/comedian
  • Paul Edgar Philippe Martinprime minister of Canada
  • (James) Paul McCartneyEnglish musician
  • Paul John McGannEnglish actor
  • Paul MellonAmerican philanthropist and horse breeder
  • Paul Merton (born Paul James Martin)English actor/comedian
  • Paul NewmanAmerican actor
  • Paul ReiserAmerican comedian and actor
  • Paul Leroy RobesonAmerican singer and actor
  • Paul RodriguezAmerican pro skateboarder
  • Paul Stephen RuddAmerican actor
  • Paul RyanU.S. congressman from Wisconsin
  • Paul SimonAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Paul Anthony SorvinoAmerican actor
  • (Noel) Paul StookeyAmerican singer,songwriter of Peter, Paul & Mary
  • Paul Edward TherouxAmerican travel writer and novelist
  • Paul F. TompkinsAmerican actor and comedian
  • Paul William Walker IVlate American actor
  • Paul Glee WanerAmerican baseball player
  • Paul WesleyAmerican actor
  • Paul Hamilton WilliamsJr., American songwriter
  • Paul WinchellAmerican ventriloquist, voice actor, comedian
  • Steven Paul "Steve" JobsAmerican computer entrepreneur and inventor, co,founder of Apple, Inc.
  • Paul Allensports commentator on the Twin Cities radio station KFAN
  • Paul Colbertson of comedian/TV host Stephen Colbert
  • Paul JonesBritish singer (Manfred Mann), actor and radio presenter
  • Paul StanleyAmerican musician (Kiss)
  • Paul PogbaFrench professional footballer

Paul in Pop Culture

  • Paul BaumerGerman soldier in "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Paul Bunyantall tale literary figure
  • Paul Atreidesmain character of science fiction series "Dune"
  • Paul McLeancharacter in movie "A River Runs Through It"
  • Paul Rawlinscharacter in movie "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"
  • Paul Henrycharacter in "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards
  • Paul Blofischaracter in the Heroes of Olympus series
  • Paul Underwoodcharacter in novel "The Nest"
  • Paul Buchmancharacter on "Mad About You"
  • Paul Slipperycharacter on TV's "Fortysomething"
  • Paul Pfeiffercharacter on TV's "The Wonder Years"
  • Paul Crewecharacter in the movie "The Longest Yard"
  • Paul Drakecharacter in "Perry Mason"
  • Rev. Paul Coatescharacter on TV's "Broadchurch"
  • Paulone of Ash's rivals in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl and anime
  • Paul Gearycharacter from movie "Promised Land"
  • Paul StametsStarfleet officer on TV show "Star Trek: Discovery"
  • Paul Dierdancharacter on TV's "Orphan Black"
  • Paul Williamscharacter on soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Paul Robinsoncharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Paul Kinseycharacter on TV's "Mad Men"
  • Paul Exleycharacter on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
  • Paul Mosescharacter in "Red"
  • Paulalien in the 2011 movie "Paul"
  • Paul Ballardcharacter on TV's "Dollhouse"
  • Paul Lahotecharacter in the Twilight Saga
  • PaulEdward Logan, patriarch in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Paul Benjamincharacter in the "All in the Family" episode titled "Archie Is Branded" which first aired on
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