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Gender: Male Meaning of Paolo: "small" Origin of Paolo: Italian, variation of Paul

The name Paolo is a boy's name of Italian origin meaning "small". Paolo and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Paolo is an irresistibly lush Italian name for boys, worlds more romantic than its spare English equivalent.

Among noted bearers of the name are Renaissance painters Uccello and Veronese, architect Soleri, and whole teams of Italian soccer players — or so it seems.

Another possibility is the Spanish version of Paul: Pablo, as in Picasso and Casals.

Find other names based on Paolo using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Paolo

Paolo Giovanni Nutini, Scottish singer-songwriter
Paolo Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer
Paolo Picasso, son of Pablo Picasso
Paolo Lorenzi, Italian tennis player
Paolo Taviani, Italian film director and screenwriter
Paolo Canè, Italian tennis player
Paolo Rossi, Italian tennis player
Paolo Di Canio, Italian footballer and manager
Paolo Veronese, Italian Renaissance painter
Paolo Sorrentino, Italian film director and screenwriter
Paolo Uccello, Italian Renaissance painter
Paolo Soleri, Italian architect

Pop Culture References for the name Paolo

Paolo Poloverdo, character in the book "The Killer's Tears" by Anne-Laure Bondoux


Netta5187 Says:


Fabulous name! I honestly don't unterstand how Paul could be more popular here!

peachysugarbuns Says:


This is my favorite name for a boy. It is so beautiful...

DearestJules Says:


Wasn't this the name of one of Rachel's boyfriends on Friends? The one who couldn't speak English?

Guest Says:


I would love to use this as a middle name 😍