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Gender: Male Meaning of Saul: "prayed for" Origin of Saul: Hebrew Saul's Popularity in 2017: #483

The name Saul is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "prayed for". Saul is ranked #483 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Olivia and Ian: A Brother - Sister Name Chain".

From the experts:

Jewish parents in particular may be drawn to this quiet, composed name of the first king of Israel and the name of Saint Paul before his conversion. In modern times, it has been associated with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow. Its meaning makes it appropriate for a long-awaited child.

Saul is a character in a John Dryden poem, and heard in the Handel oratorio, "Saul."

Some other Sauls of note: Saul Steinberg, known for his iconic New Yorker covers, and graphic artist/movie credit designer Saul Bass. The birth name of Guns n Roses's Slash is Saul Hudson. On recent TV, there have been Sauls on Breaking Bad and Homeland.

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Famous People Named Saul

Saul of Tarsus, birth name of Saint Paul the Apostle
Saul, Biblical first king of Israel
Saul Stacey Williams, American poet and rapper
Saul Bass, American filmmaker
Saul Aaron Kripke, American philosopher
Saul Rubinek, Canadian actor, playwright, musician
Saul Bellow (born Solomon Bellows), American novelist; winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Saul Perlmutter, American astrophysicist; winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Saul Zaentz, American film producer
Saul David Alinsky, American community organizer
Saul Hudson aka Slash, British-American guitarist of band Guns 'n' Roses
Saul Chaplin, American composer
Saul Leiter, American photographer

Pop Culture References for the name Saul

Saul Goodman, character on TV's "Breaking Bad" and main character on TV's "Better Call Saul"
Saul Berenson, character on TV's "Homeland"
Saul Silver, character in film "Pineapple Express"
Saul aka Garbha-hsien, character in Marvel's X-Force Comics
Saul Bennett, character in the Australian soap opera Home and Away
Saul Karath, character in video game Knights of the Old Republic
Saul Malone, character on TV's Saul of the Mole Men
Saul Tigh, character on TV's Battlestar Galactica


Saul's International Variations

Saula, Saúl (Spanish)


-EagleEyes- Says:


I live in an area where much Spanish is spoken, so I know more people who pronounce this 'Sa-ool' than the version that rhymes with Paul. I like the name a lot, and the meaning is great for a baby who was wished for for a long time.

babymagic Says:


I think this would be a unique way of honoring a Paul.