Origin:Latin
Popularity:456
Meaning:small
Few names have a better pedigree than Paul, who was one of the most important leaders of the early Christian church. In fact, the apostle Paul wrote many of the books of the New Testament. His name (from the Latin “paulus,” which means “small" or "humble”) became popular in the 17th century and was the choice for six popes and given to many artists (Cezanne, Gauguin, Klee) and, more recently, actors (Walker, Rudd, Bettany). It’s also the birth name of U2’s Bono (real name: Paul David Hewson).

Famous Pauls

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  • Paul Cézanne
    Painter
  • Paul Gauguin
    Painter
  • Paul Giamatti
    Actor
  • Paul Gross
    Director
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Poet
  • Paul McCartney
    Musician, Singer
  • Paul Newman
    Actor
  • Paul O'Neill
    Baseball Player
  • Paul Rudd
    Actor
  • Paul Ryan
    Politician
  • Paul Walker
    Actor

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Source: Social Security Administration

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