Gender: Female Meaning of Paula: "small" Origin of Paula: Feminine variation of Paul Paula's Popularity in 2019: #751

Paula Origin and Meaning

The name Paula is a girl's name of Portuguese origin meaning "small".

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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Rank in US: #751

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Paula's International Variations

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


EvaThyssen Says:


My beloved black cat is named Iris Paula (EE-rees POUL-ah, Spanish pronounciation)

paulapuddephatt Says:


😀 If it ever was in "style", right? My name - not a huge fan, but you get used to your own name, pretty much...!!!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I can't believe that my name is still in the US and UK top 1000, as I never hear anyone calling their children by it. I think that really, all of the feminine versions are down in popularity, due to the fact that Paul is lower than it has been for a long time. I never liked having what I felt was "a boys' name with a letter shoved on the end". It's not the same as a beautiful feminine version, such as Charlotte. But all the names like Paula, Shauna, Erica, Carla, and even Carly - hmmm. I don't count names like Michaela in the same way, as it has its own sound. My middle name is Michelle, which I like more, but I can't imagine it being my first name, in a sense - because there were so many Michelles in my generation, and it would be hard to adjust to having a much more popular name than I'm used to. I used to think that Paulette was the nicest feminine version of Paul, but nowadays, I don't think there's much in it. None are terrible or wonderful, to me. I've been mistaken for a Pauline a lot, so that name kind of annoys me. I think Paulina is probably the prettiest. But it does make me laugh, the reviews that each one has on this site. Paulette's visa has supposedly expired - ha, ha! Paulina is described as being more sophisticated than either Paula or Pauline, or something along those lines - with which I won't disagree...! 😃

grace147 Says:


so cute!!

AriellaBar Says:


I like the meaning "humble" dating back to the ancient Roman family name. "Small" is too literal.

Zelliew Says:


I like both Paula & Pauline

EvaThyssen Says:


POUL-a (like 'cloud'). Paula is one of my favourite names, with my native Spanish pronounciation.

mother_dragons Says:


I prefer the Spanish pn a lot more. It's pronounced something like /PAH-oo-la/, which I find a lot softer than /POH-lah/

MaryKathryn Says:


I feel this is a name that will never come back into "style"