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The name Paul has the following meaning:

A small man or "a humble man". Popular name in Rome. Paul is the name one of Jesus Christ's most loyal disciples. He was also known as Saul. Miraculously called to follow God, Paul turned from being a persecutor of Christians to become one of the greatest martyrs in Christiandom.
This name can be given to both baby boys and girls. It is a unisex name.


As a baby boy name, Paul is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 121 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Paul fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 7 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 160 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Paul in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Paul is pronounced as paw-lh


Paul originates from the Latin language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Paul and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Paul: Boys - Auston, Durand, Lawrence, Nero, Noble, Oral, Orel, Victor, Girls - Capitola, Coral, Dessie, Drusilla, Letitia, Lorene, Marci, Marcy, Olivia, Vesta, Both genders - Maurice, Montana, Vernell



We think the name Paul should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Paul to be: Charismatic, creative and kind-hearted

In one word, you might describe Paul as a(n) "charismatic" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Paul (or its variants) are:

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, born on 8 August, a famous physicist. Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac's background: A British theoretical physicist and a founder of the field of quantum mechanics. He formulated the so-called Dirac equation, which describes the behavior of fermions and which led to the prediction of the existence of antimatter. Dirac shared the Nobel Prize in physics for 1933 with Erwin Schrödinger, 'for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory.'

Paul Ehrlich , born on 14 March , a famous scientist. Paul Ehrlich 's background: A German scientist who won the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is noted for his work in hematology, immunology, and chemotherapy. Ehrlich predicted autoimmunity calling it 'horror autotoxicus'. He coined the term 'chemotherapy' and popularized the concept of a 'magic bullet'. He is credited with the first empirical observation of the blood-brain barrier and the development of the first antibiotic drug in modern medicine.

Paul John Flory , born on 19 June, a famous chemist. Paul John Flory 's background: An American chemist who was known for his prodigious volume of work in the field of polymers, or macromolecules. He was a leading pioneer in understanding the behavior of polymers in solution.
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