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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Paula

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Paula in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Paula:

  • Records indicate that 276,290 girls in the United States have been named Paula since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1963, when 10,142 people in the U.S. were given the name Paula. Those people are now 56 years old.

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    Comments about the name Paula

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      21 Positive Comments

  • "I like my name Paula. Used to bother me if I was called Pauline. Have also been called Polly and Po (before Teletubbies) by people outside of family and friends! Always made sure it was only that person allowed to use that nickname. Don't mind being called Paul. A few of us at school, most I know are about 10 years younger than me! Don't think of Paula as old fashioned, but as old names are coming back we should encourage it's use." Apr. 27, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula, around here im one of the few Paulas and because of that i love it even more" Feb. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula...easy to say and spell. I was named after my moms best friend. I know a few girls named Paula." Nov. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My niece is named Paula and I love this name. It was my idea to call her that. It's short, simple, easy to pronounce and just pretty. It's popular but no too popular." Nov. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula...don't really know what I think about it...But its true,its SUPER easy to remember ,my teachers at the beginning of the year just needed to hear it once..and WALLA they knew it pefectly..i guess its kinda nice tho.." Oct. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am 62 i use to never like my name growing up, as i got older and learned that not to many women are name paula, its unique, the meaning is small which i am, in latin its pronounced powla which to me is sexy lol," Oct. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula, I love it. Not a lot of us around, it's unique, some say old fashion. I've only met one other Paula, we went to grade school together." Jan. 11, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "For the comment on April 1, 2007, I'm also a PaulaAnn!! Never met another one!" Aug. 5, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "HI MY NAME IS PAULA. some of my friends say my name is cool but its a little old fashioned but it comes with alot of nicknames.i love my name but im still the only person in my school who has that. it was awesome that i was the only person with that name. i hope in the future people will like to name their babys Paula" Oct. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name paula. if i have two daughters i will call them Paula May and Bambi and if i have a boy he'll be Charlie and if i have another boy he'll be Dylan and they'll all grow up proud of their names :)" Oct. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lol my name is Paula and some of my friends call me paulita or since am brazilian they call me paulinha ;)" Sep. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Paula! It is classy and not a fad name. Also one of it's meanings is "humble" which is like a peace loving kind person. And persons with this name are generally considered friendly and understanding. Yeah for "Paula"!!!" Nov. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I was named after my German Grandmother who was Pavelina - german for Paulina. But I am just Paula & I love it. I do get a lot of nicknames from Paula but love them all. For example... Miss Paula, Princess Paula, P-, Miss P, and forever my brother only refers to me as Paul (with a new york accent). I like that simplicity of the name - but not to simple or common. BEST NAME EVER!!!" Nov. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi My name's Paula. I like the name Paula because not everyone has it. Like I would hate to have the same name as one or more people in my grade. I wouldn't feel as unique if I was them, I like the name Paula!" Oct. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • ""For some odd reason people always seem to always call me Pam... I don't know what it is.... but I don't think Paula is a hard name to remember! But either way I still love my name!"" May. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always really liked my name "Paula". It's not common, easy to spell/pronounce, nickname proof, and it only rhymes with koala (no teasing) and it took me 25 years to think of that rhyme! It's short, sweet and classic. Way to go Mom! (Her name is Keitha which is a whole different story!)" Jun. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "BEST NAME EVER. SHORT AND SWEET. I'm 17 and rarely meet somebody who has this name. I am from Spain, and when there visiting summer vacation, then that's another story, there's lots of girls named Paula. Paula is very European, Spain, Portugal, Italy." Mar. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Classic I love my name. Paula is rich in history. For starters the name Paul in the Bible. The name belongs to St. Paula of Italy. It's of Latin origin, means small, tiny. I'm tiny. This is a classic name. I have never ever been called a nickname which I like. And I have not come across too many Paula's growing up in school. This is a great name for a little baby girl." Jan. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I knew a girl called Paula and it is a wonderful name. It doesn't give any clues as to where the girl comes from, her age (because there aren't many around) or her social standing - therefore, i think it is also a very useful name." Apr. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I prefer Pauline or Paulina but Paula is all right as well if a little old fashioned. I love that old sixties song 'Hey Paula' by Paul & Paula!" Mar. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Paula. People are less likely to forget your name after meeting you if it is a little different but not too different and that's what P-A-U-L-A does for me." Jul. 15, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I'm Paula Marie and I hate my name. It sounds like an old lady name, or a lame person's name. I'd rather be called "Valentine"..." May. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

      25 Neutral Comments

  • "Hi my name is Paula I did not like it much growing up but I know my mother really loved it . Going through school I only encountered one other Paula . Now as l am older I am hearing it more then I did as a child. It?s an awesome name. And a big hello to all the Paula?s out there." May. 21, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't mind having the name Paula, although I think it's a little dated. I've met two ladies with my name - around the same age, early 50s, which coincides with its period of popularity. I find it irritating when on occasion I am mistakenly called Pauline - Paula is the more appealing name!" Mar. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula and I think that its not a bad name, I think its nice but everyone who tries to pronounce my name is ALWAYS wrong. Liek its supposed to be pronounced like 'p-ah-uh-la' so no one ever gets it right:/. But its ok, i still like it." Jan. 10, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it even because it?s not common but it?s not rare- also my husband?s name is Paul." Nov. 3, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister?s name is Paulla..have never seen it spelled any where else with the 2 l?s. I do know our mother named her after our grandmother, Pauline. It looks nice I think with her middle name spelled with 2 l?s after her mother, our other grandmother,Stella!" May. 29, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My aunt picked my name and she was amazing. It's not common that is why I like it. I am Paula Jean! I think that goes well together. I am from WA state so heard Paula Walla Wasington growing up😏" May. 20, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Paula. It is super easy to spell and friendly sounding . She is usually the only Paula in a group but it still sounds familiar and easy." Aug. 31, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I did not like my name until my mother passed away and my father said she loved my name. I was 12 at the time and since then I absolutely LOVE my name. It is pretty, not many of us around and people think it is unique. I do not know why it has not become popular, it would be nice not to have every other baby with the same name or some brazar name." Jun. 29, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula and I used to hate my name because I thought it was too plain and boring but now I'm happy with my name and I don't really care if people think it's a old name cause in my opinion it's a name that I should , ,and now am, proud to have. P.s I was named after my dads mother who sadly has passed away....." Jun. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is paula...i love my name so much, its cute, sweet, unique, and nice." Apr. 30, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula I was born in 1979 and I've only ever met 2 other Paula's, I'm not particularly keen on the name I think it's dated ." Apr. 3, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "In my job I run into people at least once every two months who are also named Paula. They are always so shocked to meet another Paula. We are more common than they think! We all seem to be in our 40's or 50's...our name peaked in '63. My family lived in Argentina before I was born. My dad and my older sister always called me Paulita. Paula sounds better in Spanish than it does in English." Feb. 4, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Paula and I went through grade school with one other Paula and then in high school just one other Paula...I love my name and I love the way they pronounce it in Italy...I wouldn't change it for the world. It is a very unique name." Sep. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula and I think its okay. It is common where I come from (Liverpool, England). There were 3 other Paula's in my class all the way through school. I think this is because it was Liverpool and I was born in 1969 - we were all named after Paul McCartney!" Aug. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Paula.I really hate my name its so old fashion an people call an spell it wrong.My granny are to be blamed,because she named me." Jun. 7, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my aunt Pauline. I would have rather had the name Pauletta but It's okay. Just thankful I wasn't named Pauline." Feb. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula and I am a 28 years old and mixed race. I like the name because it isn't common where I grow up but easy enough that people remember it. Only thing I don't like about it is it's old fashion but overall I like it." Nov. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was young, I didn't like my name, but by high school I really liked b/c as others have stated, it was unique without being unheard of. There were only 2 other Paulas in my high school (in the 80s), one two years younger, and one two years older. I liked that. I was named after my dad, Paul, and now that he's gone, I wouldn't trade that for anything." May. 1, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Paula Marie and in 8th grade decided that I would go by Marie. Not sure why, but just never had an attachment to my name. I was named after my Grandfather, Paul, whom I was VERY close to so it is odd to me that I really don't like my name." Sep. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never liked my name because I grew up in France and it was pronounced Pola. People would also call me Paula Abdul. As I got older I started to like it more. It is a very professional name and some say simple and non-trendy names are linked to success (i'm a CEO of a fortune 500). Who knows?>>>" Mar. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, I was given a double name. My name happens to be Paula-Ann." Apr. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Pavla that is a Czech version of Paula. Both are derived from latin and mean small also modest. Hey it is a nice name" Dec. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, I don't come across is often and although my family call me Polly, there is no need to shorten it. Yes, thanks Mum for my name" Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "alot of people don't know how to spell paula I tell them paul with an a" Dec. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Paula and I don't run into many other women with the same name. From elemantary to high school I was the only Paula in the entire school, but I had a professor in college named Paula. It's an OK name, I don't love it but I don't have any problems with it either." Jun. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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