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Paula

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1.4m Paul (Latin)
22k Paola (Italian)
4k Paulo (Portuguese)
3k Paolo (Italian)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 9 9 0
1881 9 9 0
1882 6 6 0
1883 19 19 0
1884 12 12 0
1885 16 16 0
1886 21 21 0
1887 26 26 0
1888 28 28 0
1889 33 33 0
1890 35 35 0
1891 44 44 0
1892 40 40 0
1893 47 47 0
1894 34 34 0
1895 37 37 0
1896 47 47 0
1897 45 45 0
1898 55 55 0
1899 40 40 0
1900 47 47 0
1901 50 50 0
1902 41 41 0
1903 57 57 0
1904 79 79 0
1905 68 68 0
1906 89 89 0
1907 76 76 0
1908 83 83 0
1909 76 76 0
1910 89 89 0
1911 105 105 0
1912 164 164 0
1913 150 150 0
1914 184 184 0
1915 228 228 0
1916 289 289 0
1917 308 303 5
1918 265 265 0
1919 245 245 0
1920 343 343 0
1921 326 326 0
1922 305 305 0
1923 378 378 0
1924 418 418 0
1925 464 464 0
1926 546 541 5
1927 602 602 0
1928 558 558 0
1929 624 619 5
1930 623 614 9
1931 591 584 7
1932 659 659 0
1933 612 612 0
1934 770 759 11
1935 774 774 0
1936 988 982 6
1937 1,213 1,213 0
1938 1,325 1,317 8
1939 1,354 1,349 5
1940 1,381 1,372 9
1941 1,540 1,540 0
1942 1,983 1,974 9
1943 3,060 3,043 17 #93 girl name
1944 3,328 3,314 14 #82 girl name
1945 3,806 3,795 11 #67 girl name
1946 4,737 4,725 12 #69 girl name
1947 6,109 6,101 8 #54 girl name
1948 6,605 6,595 10 #52 girl name
1949 6,594 6,576 18 #55 girl name
1950 6,641 6,632 9 #54 girl name
1951 7,301 7,293 8 #51 girl name
1952 8,581 8,564 17 #47 girl name
1953 9,563 9,547 16 #40 girl name
1954 9,702 9,690 12 #38 girl name
1955 9,598 9,585 13 #39 girl name
1956 8,946 8,924 22 #47 girl name
1957 8,558 8,542 16 #49 girl name
1958 8,051 8,024 27 #53 girl name
1959 8,074 8,053 21 #51 girl name
1960 8,082 8,066 16 #55 girl name
1961 7,764 7,745 19 #60 girl name
1962 7,204 7,194 10 #60 girl name
1963 10,171 10,144 27 #42 girl name
1964 9,521 9,504 17 #45 girl name
1965 7,929 7,910 19 #49 girl name
1966 7,870 7,857 13 #50 girl name
1967 7,717 7,694 23 #45 girl name
1968 7,662 7,639 23 #45 girl name
1969 6,775 6,753 22 #50 girl name
1970 6,078 6,056 22 #57 girl name
1971 5,397 5,382 15 #63 girl name
1972 4,272 4,259 13 #72 girl name
1973 3,526 3,507 19 #86 girl name
1974 3,080 3,062 18 #96 girl name
1975 2,671 2,654 17
1976 2,259 2,252 7
1977 2,054 2,042 12
1978 1,837 1,827 10
1979 1,704 1,694 10
1980 1,606 1,598 8
1981 1,492 1,480 12
1982 1,345 1,327 18
1983 1,175 1,161 14
1984 1,111 1,100 11
1985 1,024 1,014 10
1986 890 879 11
1987 912 903 9
1988 825 811 14
1989 809 793 16
1990 950 940 10
1991 855 848 7
1992 780 775 5
1993 643 630 13
1994 631 623 8
1995 561 553 8
1996 552 552 0
1997 504 504 0
1998 462 457 5
1999 446 446 0
2000 462 454 8
2001 418 418 0
2002 419 414 5
2003 356 356 0
2004 425 419 6
2005 424 416 8
2006 431 431 0
2007 460 455 5
2008 453 448 5
2009 368 362 6
2010 332 332 0
2011 324 324 0
2012 384 384 0
2013 307 307 0
2014 266 266 0
2015 317 308 9

Want to know about the popularity of the Paula baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 278,219 babies born with the name Paula in the United States. That's more than enough Paulas to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 9 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Paula" was in 1963 with a total of 10,144 babies. (That's a lot of baby Paulas)

According to the 1973 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Paula" ranks #61 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 68 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1973. Across the entire United States a total of 3,526 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 Paula popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Origin and Meaning of Paula

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

Paula Deen

Paula Deen is a chef . Paula was born in 1947 as Paula Ann Hiers in Albany, Georgia, U.S.

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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and choreographer specializing in pop, dance, and R&B music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1978 to present. Paula was born in 1962 as Paula Julie Abdul in San Fernando, California, U.S.

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Paula Jai Parker

Paula was born in 1969.

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Paula Creamer

Paula Creamer is a golfer. Paula was born in 1986 in Mountain View, California.

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Paula Garcés

Paula was born in 1974 in New York City.

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Paula Zahn

Paula Zahn is a newscaster with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1973 to present. Paula was born in 1956 as Paula Ann Zahn in Omaha, Nebraska, United States.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Paula

Paula Deen Recipes
Paula Poundstone
Paula Faris
Paula Patton
Paula White

Alternative Meanings

P is for pioneer, your adventuresome spirit.

A is for absolute, for you know your mind.

U is for upstanding, your inner-self.

L is for listen, one of your best traits.

A is for accord, the harmony you spread.

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

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Past life for Paula born Oct 2, 1993

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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 Italy approximately on 1225. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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