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Gender: Male Meaning of Pavel: "small" Origin of Pavel: Russian variation of Paul

The name Pavel is a boy's name of Russian origin meaning "small". Pavel and is often added to lists like Russian Baby Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Pavel may be widespread in the former Soviet Union, but it has a somewhat impoverished image here.

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Famous People Named Pavel

Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk, Russian ice hockey player
Pavel Vladimirovich Bure, Russian ice hockey player
Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov, Russian physicist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Pavel "Pasha" Kovalev, Russian ballroom dancer and TV personality
Pavel Vízner, Czech tennis player
Pavel Nedvěd, Czech footballer
Pavel Kuka, Czech footballer
Pavel Složil, Czech tennis player
Pavel Viktorovich Pogrebnyak, Russian tennis player
Pavel Igorevich Drozd, Russian ice dancer
Pavel Nikolayevich Filonov, Russian avant-garde painter

Pop Culture References for the name Pavel

Pavel Chekov, ensign and navigator on TV's "Star Trek"
Pavel "Pasha" Vershinin, character on TV's "Chernobyl: Zone of Exclusion"

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sashaprok Says:


Why are so many comments about Russian names negative here? This one broke the camel's back for me. "Impoverished"? Really? Why not just say it's a variation of Paul and Paolo, and a classical name... also a Saint's name. Thanks for keeping up the Cold War, Nameberry.

indiefendi2 Says:


I like Pavel, it gives Paul something extra like Paolo