Gender: Male Meaning of Saul: "prayed for" Origin of Saul: Hebrew Saul's Popularity in 2018: #528

The name Saul is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "prayed for". Saul is ranked #528 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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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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.