PAUL
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: PAWL (English), POL (French), POWL (German)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin. Saint Paul was an important leader of the early Christian church, his story told in Acts in the New Testament. His original Hebrew name was Saul. Most of the epistles in the New Testament were authored by him.

Due to the renown of Saint Paul the name became common among early Christians. It was borne by a number of other early saints and six popes. In England it was relatively rare during the Middle Ages, but became more frequent beginning in the 17th century. A notable bearer was the American Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere (1735-1818), who warned of the advance of the British army. Famous bearers in the art world include the French impressionists Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) and Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), and the Swiss expressionist Paul Klee (1879-1940). It is borne by British musician Paul McCartney (1942-). This is also the name of the legendary American lumberjack Paul Bunyan.

Related Names
VARIANTS: Pauwel (Dutch), Pål (Swedish), Pål (Norwegian), Poul (Danish)
DIMINUTIVES: Paulie (English), Palle (Danish)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Pal, Pali, Pavli (Albanian), Paulus (Ancient Roman), Boulos, Bulus (Arabic), Boghos, Poghos (Armenian), Paulos (Biblical Greek), Paulus (Biblical Latin), Paol (Breton), Pavel (Bulgarian), Pau, Pol (Catalan), Paulu (Corsican), Pavao, Pavle, Pavo (Croatian), Pavel (Czech), Paŭlo, Paĉjo (Esperanto), Paavo (Estonian), Paavali, Pauli, Paavo (Finnish), Paulo (Galician), Pavle (Georgian), Pavlos (Greek), Pál (Hungarian), Páll (Icelandic), Pól (Irish), Paolo (Italian), Pāvils (Latvian), Paulius (Lithuanian), Pavle, Pavel (Macedonian), Paora (Maori), Pau (Occitan), Paweł (Polish), Paulo, Paulinho (Portuguese), Pavel, Pasha (Russian), Pàl, Pòl (Scottish), Pavle (Serbian), Pavol (Slovak), Pavel (Slovene), Pablo (Spanish), Pavlo (Ukrainian)
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