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278k
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2k
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in 2010

Paula

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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

Fun Facts about the name Paula

  • How many people with the first name Paula have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 278,219 babies born with the first name Paula in the United States. That's more than enough people named Paula to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Paula? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Paula first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Paula is Sunday, January 15th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Paula born? The highest recorded use of the first name Paula was in 1963 with a total of 10,144 babies. That's a lot of babies named Paula!
  • Random Paula Factoid: According to the 1975 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Paula ranks 97th in popularity as a baby girl's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, 28 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1975.
  • Weird things about the name Paula: Your name in reverse order is Aluap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aualp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Paula? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,538 people with the last name Paula.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Paula? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Paula as their last name since less than 1 person in 192k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Paula U.S.
  White 32.05% 64.26%
  African American 3.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.93% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.72% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 60.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Paula

People with the last name Paula are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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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.

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Origin and Meaning of Paula

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

From Latin Paula, feminine form of Paulus (“Paul”).

  1. A female given name.

Paula was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, German, Latin, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Paula

Paula Patton

Paula Patton is an actress. She was most active from 2004 to present. Paula was given the name Paula Maxine Patton on December 5th, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul is a famous person. She has been prominent since 1978. Paula was given the name Paula Julie Abdul on June 19th, 1962 in San Fernando, California, U.S.

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Paula Jones

Paula Jones is a civil service and civil servant. Paula was given the name Paula Rosalee Corbin on September 17th, 1966 in Lonoke, Arkansas.

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Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell is a journalist and officer (armed forces). Paula was given the name Paula Dean Kranz on November 9th, 1972 in Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.

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Paula Hitler

Paula Hitler was an influential individual. Paula was born as the child of Alois Hitler and Klara Hitler on January 21st, 1896 in Hafeld in Fischlham municipality, Austria. Paula is also known as Paula Wolff. She breathed her last breath on June 1st, 1960.

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Paula Yates

Paula Yates was a television presenter and writer. She was most active from 1980 to 2000. Paula was given the name Paula Elizabeth Yates by her parents Hughie Green and Jess Yates on April 24th, 1959 in Colwyn Bay. She passed away on September 17th, 2000.

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  • Paula Deen
    (chef)
  • Paula Prentiss
    (actress)
  • Paula Radcliffe
    (athlete)
  • Paula Cole
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Paula Poundstone
    (comedian)
  • Paula Garcés
    (famous individual)
  • Paula Zahn
    (newscaster)
  • Paula Creamer
    (golf player)
  • Paula Wagner
    (film producer)
  • Paula DeAnda
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Paula Hawkins
    (office holder)
  • Paula Kelly
    (actress)
  • Paula Bennett
    (member of parliament)
  • Paula Julia Vesala
    (musician)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Paula

Emanuela de Paula

Emanuela de Paula is an important somebody. Emanuela was born on April 25th, 1989 in Cabo de Santo Agostinho. Emanuela is also known as de Paula and Emanuela 'Manu'.

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Infante Francisco de Paula

Infante Francisco de Paula was a noteworthy person. He holds the title Infante of Spain and Infante. Infante was born as the child of Charles IV of Spain and Maria Luisa of Parma on March 10th, 1794 in Aranjuez, Spain. He passed away on August 13th, 1865.

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Saint Paula

Saint Paula was a saint. She holds the title Patroness of theOrder of Saint Jerome. Saint was born in 347 in Ancient Rome. She died on January 26th, 0404.

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Prince Franz de Paula

Prince Franz de Paula was an influential somebody. He holds the title Prince of Liechtenstein. Prince was born as the child of Johann I Joseph, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Landgravine Josepha of Fürstenberg-Weitra on February 25th, 1802 in Vienna. Prince is also known as Franz de Paula Joachim Joseph. He passed away on March 31st, 1887.

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Princess Paula

Princess Paula was an important person. Princess was born as the child of Pedro I of Brazil and Maria Leopoldina of Austria on February 17th, 1823 in Rio de Janeiro. She left this life on January 16th, 1833.

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David de Paula

David de Paula is a soccer player for the FK Austria Wien, SCD Durango, Athletic Bilbao, CD Basconia, Athletic Bilbao B, Alicante CF, SD Lemona, SD Ponferradina, CF Palencia, UD Logroñés, and Wolfsberger AC. David was born on May 31st, 1984 in Durango, Spain.

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What does the name Paula mean?

Pis for please, the way you always do.

Ais for athleticism, embrace the competitor within

Uis for upstanding, your inner-self.

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Ais for attractive, inside and out

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