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Gender: Male Meaning of Paul: "small" Origin of Paul: Latin Paul's Popularity in 2017: #225

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 Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets You Know".

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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 Thebes, first Christian hermit
Paul I, Emperor of Russia
Paul, King of Greece
Paul, Prince Regent of Yugoslavia
Paul Revere, American revolutionary
Paul the Deacon, Italian monk and historian
Paul Gardner Allen, American co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Albert Anka, Canadian singer
Paul Poirier, Canadian ice dancer
Paul Bettany, English actor
Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan humanitarian
Paul Karmiryan, American dancer and actor
Paul Blackthorne, 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 Winchell (born Wilchinsky), American ventriloquist, comedian, actor, voice artist, humanitarian and inentor
Newton Edward "Paul" Daniels, English magician 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 Garcia, American musician of rock band "The Cab"
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 Guilfoyle, American actor
Paul Newell Hester, Australian musician
Paul David "Bono" Hewson, member of the band U2
Paul Heyman, American pro wrestling promoter/manager
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 Leroy Robeson, American singer and actor
Paul Rodriguez, American pro skateboarder
Paul Stephen 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
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and inventor, co-founder of Apple, Inc.
Paul Allen, sports commentator on the Twin Cities radio station KFAN
Paul Colbert, son of comedian/TV host Stephen Colbert
Paul Jones, British singer (Manfred Mann), actor and radio presenter
Paul Stanley, American musician (Kiss)
Paul Pogba, French professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Paul

Paul Baumer, German soldier in "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque
Paul Bunyan, tall tale literary figure
Paul Atreides, main character 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 Underwood, character in novel "The Nest"
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"
Rev. Paul Coates, character on TV's "Broadchurch"
Paul, one of Ash's rivals in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl and anime
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 Moses, character in "Red"
Paul, alien in the movie "Paul"
Paul Ballard, character on TV's "Dollhouse"
Paul Lahote, character in the Twilight Saga
Paul-Edward Logan, patriarch in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor

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


lifetagslulu Says:


Middle name Leonardo so full name means little lion :)

peachysugarbuns Says:


Aw, I know that feeling. I'd love to see my father again, even for one minute. Cheers to the Paul Quigley fellas, present and beyond. :)

Paul Quigley Says:


I happen to be partial to the name Paul. My dad and I were the only people named Paul Quigley where my family's heritage goes back over 138 years. Sadly, I've held that distinction alone for the past 28 years, and what I wouldn't give to share that distinction with him again... for a nice day together again.

Catastroffy Says:


I can picture serious, business-like adults called names such as Molly, but for some reason I can't picture an adult Paul. I love the name, though.

Paul Boutros Says:


My name and I am quite proud of it.

ThistleThorn Says:


I love this.

Saffron_Rice Says:


I love this name. It's steeped in history and is the name of many famous Frenchmen. It's strong and spare and a classic.

neworleans Says:


I like this name.