As a Jew, he had a Hebrew name - Saul
. As a Roman
(a citizen of no mean city ...) he had a Latin name - Paul
. They look and no doubt sounded pretty similar so would have been an easy choice.Paul
could equally have been a nickname, based on his Hebrew name and very relevant for a physically small man.
My Jewish friends today usually go for a Hebrew name with the same initial as their English names - Denis
for liturgical purposes, Jackie
is Pnina. But, Anne
are Chana and Miriam
, using the original forms! It seems to be a pleasantly relaxed system.