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Paul (name)

Gender Male
Name day June 29
Meaning "Small"; "humble"; "scarce"; "rare"
Popularity see popular names

Paul Listen 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 has existed since 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.


  • Origin and diffusion 1
    • As a given name 1.1
    • As a surname 1.2
  • See also 2
  • Translations 3
  • References 4

Origin and diffusion

The Roman family name Paulus derives from the Latin adjective meaning "small" or "humble"[1][2] and is cognate to the modern English word few.[3] During the Classical Age it was used to distinguish the minor of two people of the same family bearing the same name. Its prevalence in nations with a Christian heritage is primarily due to its attachment to Saint Paul the Apostle, whose Greek name was Παῦλος, Paûlos, a transliteration from the Latin, also being appreciated the "modest" meaning of this name.

In Arabic, "Paul" is phonetically translated to بولس (Bulus, in the Bible) or بول (Boulos, from the English name Paul). It is occasionally used as a slang term, used to indicate the equivalent of the English slang term "boss".

The name Paul is common in all European languages (e.g. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Greek, Russian, Georgian). The feminine versions are Paula, Pauline, Paulina, and Paulette. The following list of people named Paul are widely recognized as notable:

As a given name

As a surname

  • Aaron Paul, American actor
  • Adrian Paul, English actor
  • Alexander Paul, American politician
  • Alexandra Paul (born 1963), American actress
  • Alice Stokes Paul, American suffragist leader
  • Art Paul, American graphic designer
  • Bernard Paul (1930–1980), French film director and screenwriter
  • Bernard Paul (born 1956), Mauritian/British boxer of the 1990s and 2000s
  • Bruno Paul, German architect, interior designer, and furniture designer
  • Caroline Paul, American writer
  • Chris Paul (born 1985), American basketball player
  • Christi Paul, news anchor for CNN Headline News
  • Ellis Paul (born 1965), American singer-songwriter and folk musician
  • Harry Paul (1886–1948), Scottish footballer
  • Henri Paul, driver of the car in which he, Princess Diana, and Dodi Fayed were killed
  • Herieth Paul, Tanzanian-Canadian fashion model
  • Henry Paul, Rugby League footballer from New Zealand
  • Jayson Paul (born 1984), American professional wrestler better known as JTG
  • Les Paul (1915–2009), American guitarist
  • Rand Paul (born 1963), American ophthalmologist and politician
  • Robbie Paul, Rugby League footballer from New Zealand
  • Ron Paul (born 1935), American obstetrician and politician, and presidential candidate in 1988, 2008, and 2012; father of Rand
  • Roy Paul, Welsh international footballer
  • Vinnie Paul, Drummer for American Metal band Pantera
  • Wolfgang Paul (1913–1993), German physicist who co-developed the ion trap, Nobel prize winner
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See also



  1. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Paul
  2. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Paulus
  3. ^ Bosworth-Toller Old English dictionary
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