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Gender: Female Meaning of Paula: "small" Origin of Paula: Feminine variation of Paul Paula's Popularity in 2017: #847

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 "Sibset makeover game! Girls version".

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."

Modern bearers of the name include singer-songwriter Paula Abdul and comedian Paula Poundstone, as well as a character on My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Famous People Named Paula

Saint Paula of Rome, early Desert Mother; follower of St. Jerome
Paula Julie Abdul, American singer, choreographer, and dancer
Paula Maxine Patton, American actress
Paula Ann Hiers Deen, American chef and TV personality
Paula Michelle Devicq, Canadian actress
Paula Barbieri, American model and actress
Paula Fickes Hawkins, U.S. Senator from Florida
Paula Jane Radcliffe, English long-distance runner
Paula Cole, American singer-songwriter
Paula Caroline Creamer, American professional golfer
Paula Elizabeth Yates, Welsh TV presenter
Paula Jaraquemada Alqui­zar, Chilean independence patriot
Paula Ann Zahn, American TV journalist
Paula Poundstone, American comedienne
Paula Seling, Romanian pop singer
Paula Huston, American novelist
(Mary) Paula Wilcox, English actress
Paula Fernandes, Brazilian singer
Paula Dacia DeAnda, American singer-songwriter
Paula Tsui (Siu-fung), Hong Kong pop singer
Paula Belén Pareto, Argentine judoka
Paula Echevarría, Spanish actress
Paula Frye, Mother of Members of YouTube channel VenturianTale

Pop Culture References for the name Paula

Paula Cracker, former guitarist of the virtual band "Gorillaz" and 2D's controlling but unfaithful ex girlfriend.
Paula Proctor, character on TV's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Dr. Paula Hutchison Turtle, character on animated series "Rocko's Modern Life"
Paul & Paula, American music duo

Paula's International Variations

Pawlina, Pawla, Pola (Polish) Pasha, Polina, Pashenka, Pavlina (Russian) Paoletta, Paolina (Portuguese) Pauliina (Finnish) Paola (Italian) Paule, Pauline, Paulette (French)