Gender: Male Meaning of Paul: "small" Origin of Paul: Latin Paul's Popularity in 2019: #245

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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Rank in US: #245

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Pop Culture References for the name Paul

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


dayjs Says:


I love the name Paul!

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.