The name Paul is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "small". Paul is ranked #225 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop 2, Add 1 twin boys".
From the experts:
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).
Lists containing Paul:
- Baby Names Headed for Harvard
- Variations of Paul
- The Exoticizer
- Classic Baby Names for Boys
- Mad Men Names
- Traditional Baby Names
- Werewolf Baby Names
- Designer Baby Names
- One-Syllable Middle Names for Boys
- Baby Names from the 1920s
- Names Inspired by The Beatles
- Papal Names
- Middle Names for Boys
- Names from the 1970s
- Names from the 1980s
- English Names with International Style
- Christian Baby Names