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Origin: Latin
Meaning: Small

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Paul

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Paul in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Paul:

  • Records indicate that 1,375,556 boys in the United States have been named Paul since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 26,968 people in the U.S. were given the name Paul. Those people are now 64 years old.

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    Comments about the name Paul

    89% Approval Rating
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      16 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Paul and a lot of these comments are lame, probably boomers trying to be funny. It's definitely a boomer name. I'm Gen X and was named after McCartney. Could be worse." Sep. 25, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Paul, a man who is addictive and unforgettable. Someone who a woman, since a girl, has always desired to be close to. Distance is his kryptonite, and he will be yours. He is intelligent, sarcastic, and has an infectious laugh. Plays the guitar, has a crystalline voice which infects your veins with fluttering dragonflies. He is the one that was so close, yet got away for reasons you don't understand. His memory brings to mind Neruda poetry and hot summer nights." May. 28, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Tis my name. Very awesome to be Paul. Sure Paul means small, but ants are small too. Look at what they accomplish :-) I may be only 5 ft. 7 and 145 lbs, but I can lift and carry more than weight, and I can also do jobs other people can't because of my height and weight. It's a beautiful thing XD" Dec. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "some people have said that paul is an old is BUTTTT~~~~~ all the pauls i know are young and im talking 2010 baby!" Apr. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Paul, as it's the name of my fiancı. I just love the way it sounds when I say his name. Our son will have his father's first name as his middle name. This is because we wanna give him his grandfather's first name as his first name too - Hugh." Sep. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Greatest name on Earth, Paul is definitely the manliest most attractive most super-hero-esque name since James (Bond that is!)" Aug. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "At one point we had many variations in my family of the name Paul. My father and my brother is named Paul. Paul's wife is named Paula as is my aunt on my mother's side. My sister was dating a man named Paul as was I." Feb. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm glad that my parents named me Paul, since that is what everyone calls me." Jan. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, My name is Paul, I have had it since day one. The only thing I don't like about it is the meaning of it is "Small" and I am far from it. 6 foot 2 Inchs tall, 300 pounds." Oct. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have not met many Pauls in my life. It is my Grandfather's name and my Uncle's name and they both started with little and died millionaires. St Paul in the Bible was a powerful cat, and wrote the most powerful parts of the Bible. I am a Paul too, I'm not a millionaire in dollars, but I have a life that is rich and rewarding beyond normal expectations. Like St Paul, the first part of my life was not so wonderful, but it ends up that all that 'bad' part was necessary to become the great guy I am today. My name has been a powerful and positive influence in my life. It is a good name to have, and a super great name to live up to. From Paul at" May. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Paul Paul Paul. I love that name....Paul. WEEEEEEEE I love Paul isn't it great??? Ok sorry about that. Now my real opinion.....Paul is a biblical person, and Paul is an easy name to say...for most people, and is great. Paul is not a name thats easy to be made fun of, so bullies can't really make fun of you using your name. Now I understand and i make fun of the people that used to make fun of me. "LOL" OK Bye. *Paul PS:// If you don't like Paul..........Never Mind." Feb. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree that it's a beautiful name but I'm sure there ARE millions of them *lol*. It's an old biblical name, used consistently through the centuries and still going strong. It is my husband's name as well." May. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Paul. Classic, strong, undeniably male." Apr. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Paul is a timeless and very versatile name. Everywhere in the world there are people with this name (with different spelling, obviously). It sounds really good - it has a positive feel to it. I really like that name!" Apr. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Paul but the only thing wrong with it is that you can make so much fun of it: "Polywog," "Pollyanna," "Polygon," "Super Polygrip," and on, and on. Can be a tough name to have as a kid because of this. But I still like it and I'm still proud to have it as my name." Nov. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "awesome name, everyone can pronounce it and there are not millions of them. old name, but you don't have to be old to have it." Sep. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I got stuck with the name. My mother chose it because it could not be shortened. I do not like the Biblical connotations given that I am not Christian." Sep. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know 5 Pauls and every single one of them is short, like really short. I think its funny. But its a nice name too" Apr. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "Since I changed my name to Paul I haven't killed a single person." Jan. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am fine with my name, but the thing I hate is that it is too common." Oct. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Paul. Every Paul I knew was really a great person, very nice. He's not small. He's 6 foot 4 inches, 220 pounds." Oct. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "paul tha thelame na doume kai tis dikes sou foto, se imyarestoyxe ki esena para poly, nomizv oti h douleia soy einai to idio aksiologi opos toy gianni, to site soy exei katapliktikes fotozoi" Apr. 15, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "the les paul II is a decent tuigar for that price but the $ 500 is a better instrument. you need to play them both and decide for yourself. Check them both out at any Guitar Center" Apr. 12, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is funny. The name Paul means small but I am over three hundred pounds and six foot two. But I love the name. It makes me more interested in Paul from the Bible." Apr. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Paul Evan Aarons is the best man in the world. ~Love you Paul ~~~~~Courtenay Noelle Colton~~~~" Jan. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "well i dont really like this name since some weird guy that i have for 4th period has it.=/ he's sooo anoyying.=] but i guess its ok..<3 paulie..c.n.t.t.r :)" Mar. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my dad brother and neighbour are all called paul i think it is a great name because it is a manly name" May. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Very nice nime. I loved every Paul I have ever met :)" Mar. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Paul. No questions about spelling and pronunciations. People often seem to have a positive association with the name and comment that their dad or uncle is named Paul." Dec. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name only becasue it is rarely shortened (never by people who expect to speak with me again). Other than that - not a great name. St. Paul may have been a good man - but not the sort of fella one wants to hang out with." Dec. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Boyfriend's Name Is Paul. He Is Named After His Mother Paulette. I Like His Name But When We First Started Talking I Used To Pick At Him. But Now I'm Used To It." Jan. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name!!! I love Paul!!! He's sexy! :P <3 Paul Coronado!!!" Apr. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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