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Origin & Meaning

The name Paul is of Latin origin.

The meaning of Paul is "small".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 201 in baby name popularity for boys with 1987 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Paul Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Paul has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Paul to other names.


The name Paul is a form of Paulus, a Latin family name that was originally a nickname meaning small.


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Related Names

The names Boghos, Boulus, Bulus, Paavali, Paavo, Pabla, Pablo, Pachjo, Pacjo, Pal, Paley, Pali, Paliki, Pall, Paora, Pauli, Paulin, Paulius, Paulo, Pauwel, Pavao, Pavel, Pavils, Pavla, Pavle, Pavlina, Pavlo, Pavlos, Pavlov, Pavol, Pawel, Pesha, Pol, Pola, Poul are all forms of Paul.

Paul has the diminutive (nickname) Paulie.

Other Tidbits

Paul falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Paul Revere, Paul Simon, Paul Coffey, Paul Cezanne, Paul McCartney.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Paul in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Paul.

Just for fun, see the name Paul in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Paul in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

Keep in mind how popular a name is. Your child may feel that they fit in more with a more popular name. On the other hand, they may feel more special if their name is less popular and more uniquely their own. As you see it can go both ways, so just keep this point in mind as you examine the different possibilities.

Please refer to our Naming Tips page for more items to keep in mind when determining your baby's name.