Paul: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Paul
Origin of the name Paul:
From the Latin Paulus, which originated as a Roman family name derived from paulus (small). Paul was the adopted name of Saul of Tarsus, a Jewish Roman citizen converted to Christianity by a vision of Christ which blinded him for several days. He became one of the great missionary apostles and authored several New Testament epistles. Paul is regarded as cofounder of the Christian Church.
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My dad's called Paul and the meaning short deffo goes to him lol I'm only 5f3 and a half and I'm way taller than my dad.
My dad is an amazing man works hard at the hospital everyone who knows him loves him, you just can't fault him! Amazing man and an inspiration to many, including me!
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My son (born 2008) is named Paul after his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. They all have different middles names though so there are no Paul junior's or II's. We call our son LP or Little Paul just to differentiate a bit!
My brothers name is Paul and his name has been passed on from many many many generations of our family. He is also the eighth person in our family to have the exact same first and middle names as our father, grandfather and even further back. He is Paul Wayne VIII!! Thats really whats on his birth certificate. I think its a very old, wise and calm sounding name.
My father & grandfather's names are Paul. I think it's a strong, short and powerful name. I also like the nickname Paulie. My father also has cousins who have the same name.
My favorite older brother's name is Paul. (Favorite because we're closest in age :) ) It's a rock-solid name that really fits him. His middle name is Walker.
My son will be name A.J Paul (A.J= Alan John after my husband Alan ben and my mums dad Alan John) (Paul = my dad)
My brother is Paul Francis, and I don't think there's a nickname for Paul that we haven't called him, although he's mostly Pauly. He was "Pauly-Pop", or, "Pauly-Poppers" for a while when he was little, though.
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Paulie, Pauly, Poli-Wog, Po, Polo, Pistachio, Noodle, Pablo, Paulo, Pablito, Pa-wul, Pete, Pally Wally, Pauly-Pop, Paul-Paul
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Latin: small or little
- Famous real-life people named Paul: | Edit
Paul Bowles, American author
Paul Hamm, Olympic gymnast
Paul Cezanne, French Post-Impressionist painter
Paul Gauguin, French Post-Impressionist painter
Paul McCartney, singer/songwriter, a member of the Beatles
Paul Newman, actor
Paul Revere, American patriot
Paul Robeson, actor/singer/activist
Pauley Shore, comedian
Paul "Bono" Hewson, lead singer of U2
The Apostle Paul, more than just a NT missionary, wrote over half the NT and is considered by many historians to the second most influential figure in the history of Christianity behind Jesus Christ.
Paul Walker, Actor
Paul Rudd, Actor
Paul Harvey, radio broadcaster
Paul Simon, singer-songwriter
Paul Byrom, a member of the group 'Celtic Thunder'
Paul Wesley, American actor from the vampire diaries xxx
- Paul in song, story & screen: | Edit
Peter, Paul & Mary - folk group of the 1960s.
Paul Bunyon of folklore
New Testament missionary