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33 Variations of Paul

Paul is one of those classic baby names that's neither in style nor thoroughly out. Paul's many international versions all start with P.

PaulHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, the boys' name Paul had a thrillingly unique image, but to the rest of the world, then and now, it's a name that's so simple and yet so widely diffuse that it could belong to almost anyone. Paul is an ancient name for boys -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity.

PabloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Paul
  • Description:

    Pablo, the commonly used Spanish version of Paul, has the added bonus of some fantastic artistic bearers: painter Picasso, cellist Casals, and poet Neruda.

PaoloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, variation of Paul
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    Paolo is an irresistibly lush Italian name for boys, worlds more romantic than its spare English equivalent.

PashaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Pavel
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    Your little Pasha will rule the roost. In Russia, Pasha is traditionally given to a boy born on Good Friday.

PavelHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Paul
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

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

PauHeart

  • Origin:

    Catalan variant of Paul
  • Meaning:

    "small; peace"
  • Description:

    A very common name in Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain, in no small part because it translates as "peace" in the Catalan tongue. Alec and HIlaria Baldwin used it as one of the middle names for their son Eduardo.

PolHeart

  • Origin:

    Catalan form of Paul
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    Pol, pronounced as "pole," though a popular Breton name, would be an unusual form of a simple classic elsewhere. The Breton Saint Pol Aurelian was known as a slayer of dragons and a founder of monasteries.

PavloHeart

  • Origin:

    Ukrainian variation of Paul, 'small"
  • Description:

    Pavlo has more energy than the Russian Pavel, perhaps because it sounds like the Spanish Pablo.

PaavoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Paul
  • Description:

    This international variation deserves its own listing for a winning combination of distinctiveness and simplicity.

PauloHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese, Swedish, and Hawaiian variation of Paul
  • Description:

    Paulo suffers in comparison to the richer and more authentic-sounding Paolo.

PaulinHeart

  • Origin:

    German and Polish variation of Paul
  • Description:

    Paulin's -in suffix and two-syllable rhythm make this a fashionable alternative to the original, though it looks like an abbreviation of Pauline.

PashenkaHeart

  • Description:

    Russian diminutive of Paul.