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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".

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

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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