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Girl Name: Paula

Name: Paula
Pronunciation: \pa(u)-la\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: small
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Baila, Bayla, Beula, Pali, Pella
Variant forms: Paola, Paolina, Paule, Pauletta, Paulette, Pauli, Paulie, Paulina, Pauline, Paulita, Paulla, Paullette, Pauly, Pavia, Pavla, Pola, Polina, Pollie, Polly
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 95
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 23511

Description

Paula \pa(u)-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced PAW-lah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Paula is "small". Feminine form of Paul. A Roman name and saint's name. Paula was used among early Christians , probably to honor Saint Paul. It was not used widely in English-speaking countries until the 20th century. In the meantime, it was mainly used as a German name. Actress Paulette Godard; singer Paula Abdul.

Paula has 19 variant forms: Paola, Paolina, Paule, Pauletta, Paulette, Pauli, Paulie, Paulina, Pauline, Paulita, Paulla, Paullette, Pauly, Pavia, Pavla, Pola, Polina, Pollie and Polly.

Baby names that sound like Paula are Baila, Bayla, Beula, Pali and Pella.

Popularity

Paula is a very popular first name for women (#95 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#23511 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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