Paul

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1.4m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
78k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Paul mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Paul

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Paul
See Pawl.
noun Paul
An Italian silver coin. See Paolo.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (New Testament) a Christian missionary to the Gentiles; author of several Epistles in the New Testament; even though Paul was not present at the Last Supper he is considered an Apostle ("Paul's name was Saul prior to his conversion to Christianity")
  2. United States feminist (1885-1977)
Wiktionary

From Latin Paulus, from paulus (“small”).

  1. In the New Testament, Apostle to the Gentiles and author of fourteen epistles.
  2. A male given name of biblical origin.
  3. A patronymic surname​.
  4. A city in Idaho.

Paul was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Paul

Sir Paul McCartney is a musician. His ongoing career started in 1957. Paul was given the name James Paul McCartney on June 18th, 1942 in Liverpool, England.

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Paul Ryan is a Chairman of the House Ways, Means Committee, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, 54th Speaker of the United StatesHouse of Representatives, Chairman of theHouse Ways, and Chairman of theHouse Budget Committee. Paul was born on January 29th, 1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Paul Walker was an actor. His career lasted from 1984 to 2013. Paul was given the name Paul William Walker IV on September 12th, 1973 in Glendale, California. He died on November 30th, 2013.

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Paul Pogba is a soccer player for the Juventus F.C., Le Havre AC, Manchester United F.C., France national under-16 football team, France national under-17 football team, and France national under-18 football team. Paul was born on March 15th, 1993 in Lagny-sur-Marne, France. Paul is also known as Pogba and Paul Labile.

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Paul Newman was an actor, director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, and philanthropist. He was most prominent from 1948 to 2008. Paul was given the name Paul Leonard Newman on January 26th, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S. He died on September 26th, 2008.

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Triple H is an executive vice president of talent, live events & creative for wwe, professional wrestling, vice president, wwe, executive vice presidentof talent, live events & creative forwwe, and professional wrestler. He holds the title Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative, and (2013–present). He was most prominent from 1992 to present. Triple was given the name Paul Michael Levesque on July 27th, 1969 in Nashua, New Hampshire, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Paul

Aaron Paul is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Aaron was given the name Aaron Paul Sturtevant on August 27th, 1979 in Emmett, Idaho, United States.

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Paul is a christian bishop.

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Sean Paul is a rapper, musician, singer, producer, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Sean was given the name Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques on January 9th, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Chris Paul is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2005. Chris was born on May 6th, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolinaref|Some sources say Paul was born in Lewisville, North Carolina, while others say he was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.|group=lower-alpha.

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Ron Paul is an office holder. His military service ended in 1965. Ron was given the name Ronald Ernest Paul on August 20th, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Amala Paul is an actress, model, and producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. Amala was given the name Amala Paul Varghese on October 26th, 1993 in Aluva, Kochi, Kerala, India. Amala is also known as Anaka.

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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 10,840 50 10,790 #12 boy name
1917 11,217 62 11,155 #13 boy name
1918 11,825 70 11,755 #14 boy name
1919 11,366 59 11,307 #15 boy name
1920 12,644 75 12,569 #14 boy name
1921 13,228 60 13,168 #14 boy name
1922 13,006 81 12,925 #14 boy name
1923 13,438 76 13,362 #14 boy name
1924 13,417 78 13,339 #14 boy name
1925 14,256 81 14,175 #13 boy name
1926 13,742 86 13,656 #13 boy name
1927 13,707 102 13,605 #13 boy name
1928 13,283 123 13,160 #13 boy name
1929 12,520 91 12,429 #13 boy name
1930 13,074 114 12,960 #12 boy name
1931 12,341 91 12,250 #12 boy name
1932 12,151 79 12,072 #13 boy name
1933 11,899 51 11,848 #14 boy name
1934 12,255 58 12,197 #14 boy name
1935 12,617 59 12,558 #14 boy name
1936 12,358 53 12,305 #15 boy name
1937 12,918 44 12,874 #15 boy name
1938 13,389 35 13,354 #15 boy name
1939 13,378 47 13,331 #17 boy name
1940 14,154 53 14,101 #17 boy name
1941 15,225 63 15,162 #18 boy name
1942 16,533 47 16,486 #19 boy name
1943 17,298 47 17,251 #19 boy name
1944 16,698 45 16,653 #17 boy name
1945 17,030 37 16,993 #17 boy name
1946 21,121 66 21,055 #18 boy name
1947 22,858 63 22,795 #18 boy name
1948 21,306 60 21,246 #18 boy name
1949 21,645 57 21,588 #17 boy name
1950 21,812 55 21,757 #18 boy name
1951 22,901 50 22,851 #18 boy name
1952 24,359 59 24,300 #19 boy name
1953 25,541 50 25,491 #17 boy name
1954 26,271 51 26,220 #16 boy name
1955 26,743 65 26,678 #16 boy name
1956 26,944 71 26,873 #17 boy name
1957 27,047 64 26,983 #18 boy name
1958 26,325 78 26,247 #15 boy name
1959 25,769 75 25,694 #17 boy name
1960 25,720 81 25,639 #18 boy name
1961 25,696 73 25,623 #18 boy name
1962 23,878 75 23,803 #19 boy name
1963 26,757 79 26,678 #17 boy name
1964 26,981 96 26,885 #16 boy name
1965 25,017 91 24,926 #16 boy name
1966 23,678 97 23,581 #18 boy name
1967 22,929 87 22,842 #18 boy name
1968 21,988 116 21,872 #19 boy name
1969 20,819 121 20,698 #22 boy name
1970 20,301 92 20,209 #23 boy name
1971 17,572 95 17,477 #24 boy name
1972 14,636 71 14,565 #24 boy name
1973 12,983 77 12,906 #24 boy name
1974 12,418 98 12,320 #27 boy name
1975 12,095 78 12,017 #29 boy name
1976 11,864 77 11,787 #28 boy name
1977 11,883 76 11,807 #31 boy name
1978 11,816 77 11,739 #33 boy name
1979 11,720 74 11,646 #34 boy name
1980 11,897 71 11,826 #35 boy name
1981 11,854 75 11,779 #35 boy name
1982 11,377 71 11,306 #35 boy name
1983 10,911 84 10,827 #39 boy name
1984 10,539 81 10,458 #40 boy name
1985 10,386 74 10,312 #42 boy name
1986 9,777 68 9,709 #45 boy name
1987 9,764 64 9,700 #46 boy name
1988 9,505 77 9,428 #46 boy name
1989 9,072 43 9,029 #49 boy name
1990 8,610 31 8,579 #49 boy name
1991 7,702 25 7,677 #53 boy name
1992 7,014 15 6,999 #55 boy name
1993 6,488 9 6,479 #56 boy name
1994 5,808 10 5,798 #64 boy name
1995 5,425 12 5,413 #71 boy name
1996 4,892 13 4,879 #78 boy name
1997 4,763 14 4,749 #79 boy name
1998 4,330 11 4,319 #89 boy name
1999 4,023 6 4,017 #94 boy name
2000 3,800 9 3,791 #100 boy name
2001 3,522 7 3,515
2002 3,257 0 3,257
2003 3,257 7 3,250
2004 3,191 9 3,182
2005 3,146 5 3,141
2006 3,029 6 3,023
2007 2,765 0 2,765
2008 2,553 0 2,553
2009 2,424 0 2,424
2010 2,125 0 2,125
2011 2,073 0 2,073
2012 1,950 0 1,950
2013 2,030 0 2,030
2014 2,001 0 2,001
2015 2,024 0 2,024
2016 1,931 0 1,931
2017 1,684 0 1,684

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Popularity of Paul as a first name

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Popularity of Paul as a last name

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Common last names for Paul

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  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
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  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Baker
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Paul U.S.
  White 66.99% 64.26%
  African American 20.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.25% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Paul

People with the last name Paul are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Paul

  • What name lists does Paul rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Paul? Paul is the 23rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Paul was the 415th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Paul have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,392,660 babies born with the first name Paul in the United States. That's more than enough people named Paul to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Paul? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 301 new born babies.
  • When was Paul first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Paul is Friday, September 9th, 1803.
  • What year had the most people named Paul born? The highest recorded use of the first name Paul was in 1957 with a total of 26,983 babies. That's a lot of babies named Paul!
  • Random Paul Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Paul ranks 11th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 517 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Paul: Your name in reverse order is Luap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Pula. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Paul? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 78,256 people with the last name Paul.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Paul? Paul was ranked as the 415th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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