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Paul

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278k Paula (Latin)
22k Paola (Italian)
4k Paulo (Portuguese)
3k Paolo (Italian)

How popular is the baby name Paul in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 301 0 301 #60 boy name
1881 291 0 291 #55 boy name
1882 397 0 397 #44 boy name
1883 358 0 358 #48 boy name
1884 427 5 422 #45 boy name
1885 434 6 428 #43 boy name
1886 472 6 466 #38 boy name
1887 449 0 449 #40 boy name
1888 529 0 529 #38 boy name
1889 556 0 556 #35 boy name
1890 612 5 607 #31 boy name
1891 564 0 564 #31 boy name
1892 752 5 747 #29 boy name
1893 751 8 743 #25 boy name
1894 829 5 824 #23 boy name
1895 941 8 933 #20 boy name
1896 970 6 964 #20 boy name
1897 928 5 923 #20 boy name
1898 1,000 9 991 #21 boy name
1899 891 6 885 #21 boy name
1900 1,297 9 1,288 #19 boy name
1901 930 6 924 #19 boy name
1902 1,080 13 1,067 #20 boy name
1903 1,089 8 1,081 #19 boy name
1904 1,202 8 1,194 #19 boy name
1905 1,268 6 1,262 #19 boy name
1906 1,317 8 1,309 #19 boy name
1907 1,371 13 1,358 #20 boy name
1908 1,487 9 1,478 #18 boy name
1909 1,689 13 1,676 #17 boy name
1910 2,014 9 2,005 #15 boy name
1911 2,408 15 2,393 #17 boy name
1912 4,812 27 4,785 #14 boy name
1913 5,997 31 5,966 #14 boy name
1914 7,776 43 7,733 #13 boy name
1915 10,372 44 10,328 #13 boy name
1916 10,841 50 10,791 #12 boy name
1917 11,215 62 11,153 #13 boy name
1918 11,826 70 11,756 #14 boy name
1919 11,366 59 11,307 #15 boy name
1920 12,645 75 12,570 #14 boy name
1921 13,227 60 13,167 #14 boy name
1922 13,007 81 12,926 #14 boy name
1923 13,441 76 13,365 #14 boy name
1924 13,416 78 13,338 #14 boy name
1925 14,258 81 14,177 #13 boy name
1926 13,738 86 13,652 #13 boy name
1927 13,706 102 13,604 #13 boy name
1928 13,282 123 13,159 #13 boy name
1929 12,520 91 12,429 #13 boy name
1930 13,070 114 12,956 #12 boy name
1931 12,342 91 12,251 #12 boy name
1932 12,147 79 12,068 #13 boy name
1933 11,898 51 11,847 #14 boy name
1934 12,253 58 12,195 #14 boy name
1935 12,617 59 12,558 #14 boy name
1936 12,356 53 12,303 #15 boy name
1937 12,915 44 12,871 #15 boy name
1938 13,391 35 13,356 #15 boy name
1939 13,377 47 13,330 #17 boy name
1940 14,157 53 14,104 #17 boy name
1941 15,220 63 15,157 #18 boy name
1942 16,534 47 16,487 #19 boy name
1943 17,300 47 17,253 #19 boy name
1944 16,699 45 16,654 #17 boy name
1945 17,034 37 16,997 #17 boy name
1946 21,118 66 21,052 #18 boy name
1947 22,858 63 22,795 #18 boy name
1948 21,307 60 21,247 #18 boy name
1949 21,647 57 21,590 #17 boy name
1950 21,818 55 21,763 #18 boy name
1951 22,884 51 22,833 #18 boy name
1952 24,341 59 24,282 #19 boy name
1953 25,547 50 25,497 #17 boy name
1954 26,275 51 26,224 #16 boy name
1955 26,738 65 26,673 #16 boy name
1956 26,944 72 26,872 #17 boy name
1957 27,048 64 26,984 #18 boy name
1958 26,330 77 26,253 #15 boy name
1959 25,775 75 25,700 #17 boy name
1960 25,725 81 25,644 #18 boy name
1961 25,696 73 25,623 #18 boy name
1962 23,882 75 23,807 #19 boy name
1963 26,760 79 26,681 #17 boy name
1964 26,980 96 26,884 #16 boy name
1965 25,027 91 24,936 #16 boy name
1966 23,680 97 23,583 #18 boy name
1967 22,930 87 22,843 #18 boy name
1968 21,997 116 21,881 #19 boy name
1969 20,826 121 20,705 #22 boy name
1970 20,306 93 20,213 #23 boy name
1971 17,575 95 17,480 #24 boy name
1972 14,638 71 14,567 #24 boy name
1973 12,988 77 12,911 #24 boy name
1974 12,422 98 12,324 #27 boy name
1975 12,099 79 12,020 #29 boy name
1976 11,869 76 11,793 #28 boy name
1977 11,883 76 11,807 #31 boy name
1978 11,814 77 11,737 #33 boy name
1979 11,720 74 11,646 #34 boy name
1980 11,889 71 11,818 #35 boy name
1981 11,849 75 11,774 #35 boy name
1982 11,374 71 11,303 #35 boy name
1983 10,907 84 10,823 #39 boy name
1984 10,536 81 10,455 #40 boy name
1985 10,381 74 10,307 #42 boy name
1986 9,775 68 9,707 #45 boy name
1987 9,761 64 9,697 #46 boy name
1988 9,503 77 9,426 #46 boy name
1989 9,072 43 9,029 #49 boy name
1990 8,610 31 8,579 #49 boy name
1991 7,703 25 7,678 #53 boy name
1992 7,012 15 6,997 #55 boy name
1993 6,486 9 6,477 #56 boy name
1994 5,806 10 5,796 #64 boy name
1995 5,425 12 5,413 #71 boy name
1996 4,892 13 4,879 #78 boy name
1997 4,762 14 4,748 #79 boy name
1998 4,330 11 4,319 #89 boy name
1999 4,021 6 4,015 #95 boy name
2000 3,799 9 3,790 #100 boy name
2001 3,516 7 3,509
2002 3,257 0 3,257
2003 3,255 7 3,248
2004 3,190 9 3,181
2005 3,147 5 3,142
2006 3,027 6 3,021
2007 2,762 0 2,762
2008 2,552 0 2,552
2009 2,422 0 2,422
2010 2,122 0 2,122
2011 2,067 0 2,067
2012 1,947 0 1,947
2013 2,030 0 2,030
2014 1,996 0 1,996
2015 2,015 0 2,015

Want to know about the popularity of the Paul baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,389,004 babies born with the name Paul in the United States. That's more than enough Pauls to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 301 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Paul" was in 1957 with a total of 26,984 babies. (That's a lot of baby Pauls)

According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Paul" ranks #18 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, 456 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1956. Across the entire United States a total of 26,944 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Paul popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Paul" mean? The list below shows the origins of Paul as well as things modernly associated with the name Paul such as celebrities named Paul.

Origin and Meaning of Paul

The name "Paul" is of Latin origin, and it means "Small". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1986 to 2013. Paul was born in 1973 as Paul William Walker IV in Glendale, California, U.S.

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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is a singer-songwriter, music and film producer, businessman specializing in rock, pop, classical, and electronica music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1957 to present. Paul was born in 1942 as James Paul McCartney in Liverpool, England.

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Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd is an actor, comedian, writer, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1992 to present. Paul was born in 1969 as Paul Stephen Rudd in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.

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Paul Newman

Paul Newman is an actor, director, entrepreneur, and professional racing driver with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1948 to 2008. Paul was born in 1925 as Paul Leonard Newman in Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.

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Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1994 to present. Paul was born in 1971 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, UK.

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Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce is a basketball biography. Paul was born in 1977 in Oakland, California.

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Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley is an actor, model, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. Paul was born in 1983 as Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Paul

Paul Pogba
Paul Krugman
Paul Ryan

Alternative Meanings

P is for perfection, it's what you seek.

A is for altruism, the unselfish you.

U is for unite, you bring people together.

L is for look, the way you look at life.

Your name in reverse order is "Luap". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Aplu". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Paul born Apr 26, 1966

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Wales approximately on 1425. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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