Paul

Paul - A very unique male name



  Jun 20,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Paul, meaning small, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #15. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Paul and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Paul? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Paul. The baby boy name Paul was given to 1,915 baby boys in 2012, ranking #194 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 857 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Paul peaked in popularity 103 years ago in 1916 on position 12.



Famous with this name

Paul Bettany
Paul Newman
Paul Rudd


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Paul is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Paul is currently topping the baby name charts in Alaska at position #59 - and is the least popular in Arkansas at position #379.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Paul is where you live.


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Paul origin and meaning

Paul is a 4 letter name with 1 syllables. This name means small. To see famous people named Paul, pop culture references for the name Paul and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Paul

We've found the following names that sound similar to Paul, sorted by popularity.

Pablo / Phil / Paulo / Paolo / Pavel / Pawel / Polo / Paula / Paola / Paublo /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012194
2011186
2010178
2009160
2008154
2007147
2006132
2005130
2004127
2003123
2002118
2001109
2000100
199994
199889
199779
199678
199571
199464
199356
199255
199153
199049
198949
198846
198746
198645
198542
198440
198339
198235
198135
198035
197934
197833
197731
197628
197529
197427
197324
197224
197124
197023
196922
196819
196718
196618
196516
196416
196317
196219
196118
196018
195917
195815
195718
195617
195516
195416
195317
195219
195118
195018
194917
194818
194718
194618
194517
194417
194319
194219
194118
194017
193917
193815
193715
193615
193514
193414
193314
193213
193112
193012
192913
192813
192713
192613
192513
192414
192314
192214
192114
192014
191915
191814
191713
191612
191513
191413
191314
191214
191117
191015

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Alaska59
Hawaii82
District of Columbia107
Connecticut115
Massachusetts134
New York137
Ohio143
Rhode Island144
Pennsylvania146
New Jersey147
Maine156
New Mexico163
Maryland173
Virginia174
Illinois178
Michigan181
New Hampshire184
Oklahoma190
Texas198
Missouri198
California209
Indiana213
Florida214
Tennessee216
Georgia216
North Carolina216
West Virginia219
Iowa221
South Carolina222
Kentucky230
Arizona231
Utah236
Louisiana240
Washington242
South Dakota242
Montana246
Kansas247
Wisconsin260
Nebraska263
Minnesota276
Colorado291
Idaho307
Mississippi313
Alabama322
Nevada323
Oregon342
Arkansas379

Even more about Paul


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Paul a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Paul?

1 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1916
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Paul
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 857
Letter count 4
Syllable count 1
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +1,915

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