Usage: Paul, of Biblical origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Paul are in general originating from Belgium, Cameroon, Fiji, France, Germany, Grenada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Paul across the world, see Paulus.
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N.B. Sometimes it happens that another name has the same meaning. There is nothing surprising in this: both names have the same origin or the same numbers of numerology.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 5.
Qualities: Extroverted, Adventurous
Ruling planet: Mercury
Colors: White, Gray
The name Paul is ranked on the 10th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 12295600 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.169% of the population. The name Paul has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Paul for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name day of Paul is 29 June.
History and Origin
Paul /ˈpɔːl/ is a common masculine name in countries and ethnicities with a Christian heritage (Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Protestantism) and, beyond Europe, in Christian religious communities throughout the world. The name exists since the Roman times and derives from the Roman family name Paulus or Paullus – in particular in the Roman patrician family of the Gens Aemilia – including prominent persons such as Lucius Aemilius Paullus, Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Lucius Aemilius Lepidus Paullus, Tertia Aemilia Paulla (the wife of Scipio Africanus), as well as Sergius Paulus.
English, French, and German form of Paulus, a Latin family name, originally a nickname meaning ‘small’, used in the post-classical period as a given name. Pre-eminently this is the name of the saint who is generally regarded, with St Peter, as co-founder of the Christian Church. Born in Tarsus, and originally named Saul, he was both a Roman citizen and a Jew, and at first found employment as a minor official persecuting Christians. He was converted to Christianity by a vision of Christ while on the road to Damascus, and thereafter undertook extensive missionary journeys, converting people, especially Gentiles, to Christianity all over the eastern Mediterranean. His preaching aroused considerable official hostility, and eventually he was beheaded at Rome in about AD 65. He is the author of the fourteen epistles to churches and individuals which form part of the New Testament.
Cognates: Irish Gaelic: Pól. Scottish Gaelic: Pàl (in secular use, the form Pòl being reserved for the name of the saint). Italian: Paolo. Spanish: Pablo. Catalan: Pau. Portuguese: Paulo. Danish: Poul. Swedish: Pål, Påvel. Russian, Czech: Pavel. Polish: Pawel. Ukrainian: Pavlo. Hungarian: Pál. Finnish: Paavo.
Pet forms: Russian: Pava, Pasha, Pusha. Czech: Pavlík, Pavliček, Pavloušek.
Feminine forms: English: Paula, Pauline, Paulette. German: Paula. French: Paule. Czech: Pavla.
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