Paula

Paula - A very unique female name



  Oct 23,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Paula, meaning small, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #442. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Paula and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Paula? 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 Paula. The baby girl name Paula was given to 319 baby girls in 2012, ranking #754 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 4,430 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Paula peaked in popularity 63 years ago in 1954 on position 38.



Famous with this name

Paula Patton
Paula Malcomson
Paula Marshall


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Paula is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Paula is currently topping the baby name charts in New Mexico at position #352 - and is the least popular in Michigan at position #1,354.

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 Paula is where you live.


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Paula origin and meaning

Paula is a 5 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means small. To see famous people named Paula, pop culture references for the name Paula and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Paula

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

Polly / Paola / Paul / Payal / Pollie / Pola / Pahola / Pabla / Pablo / Pella /

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
2012754
2011814
2010789
2009803
2008681
2007666
2006682
2005672
2004658
2003711
2002645
2001614
2000593
1999559
1998549
1997492
1996453
1995456
1994399
1993397
1992338
1991317
1990297
1989320
1988303
1987274
1986278
1985250
1984232
1983217
1982205
1981184
1980174
1979164
1978150
1977144
1976121
1975107
197496
197386
197272
197163
197057
196950
196845
196745
196650
196549
196445
196342
196260
196160
196055
195951
195853
195749
195647
195539
195438
195340
195247
195151
195054
194955
194852
194754
194669
194567
194481
194393
1942136
1941149
1940155
1939160
1938163
1937164
1936184
1935222
1934226
1933246
1932237
1931253
1930256
1929257
1928274
1927267
1926295
1925313
1924339
1923346
1922391
1921386
1920361
1919446
1918406
1917366
1916376
1915419
1914416
1913401
1912361
1911411
1910442

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
New Mexico352
Texas361
Connecticut450
California480
Arizona523
Florida549
Georgia671
New Jersey722
Kentucky724
South Carolina775
Colorado846
Minnesota877
New York905
Tennessee1018
Illinois1151
Virginia1297
Michigan1354

Even more about Paula


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 Paula 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 female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Paula?

2 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
1954
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Paula
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 4,430
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +319

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