The name Paula is a girl's name of Portuguese origin meaning "small". Paula is ranked #847 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Feminizations and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory -- Girls".
From the experts:
Paula still seems somewhat stuck in the era of duo Paul and Paula bopping out the song "Hey, Paula." Two pronunciations are possible—the English "PAW-la" and the Portuguese "POW-la." It came close to dropping off the US Top 1000 in 2014 when it ranked Number 995, but it bounced back and is now at Number 824, so it may be on the road to revival.
Modern bearers of the name include singer-songwriter Paula Abdul and comedian Paula Poundstone, as well as a character on My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. .