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).
Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
- Paul CézannePainter
- Paul GauguinPainter
- Paul GiamattiActor
- Paul GrossDirector
- Paul Laurence DunbarPoet
- Paul McCartneyMusician, Singer
- Paul NewmanActor
- Paul O'NeillBaseball Player
- Paul RuddActor
- Paul RyanPolitician
- Paul WalkerActor
Popularity Trend Chart
Roll over the visual for detailed rankings by year.
Source: Social Security Administration
Not sure you have the perfect name? Search to add more baby names to your My Favorites list.
Name added. View Your List