Paul /ˈpɔːl/ 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 ... Paul /ˈpɔːl/ 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 The Roman family name Paulus derives from the Latin adjective meaning "small" or "humble" and is cognate to the modern English word few. 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 Pope Paul (disambiguation) – several popes Saint Paul (disambiguation) – several saints Paul I (disambiguation) – several rulers All pages beginning with "Paul of" – for people known as "Paul of ..." Paul, Latin Patriarch of Constantinople (died 1371) Paul Allen (born 1953), co-founder of Microsoft Paul Thomas Anderson (born 1970), American film director and screenwriter Paul Anka (born 1941), Canadian singer and songwriter Paul Bernardo (born 1964), Canadian rapist and serial killer Paul Bettencourt (born 1958), American Politician Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist, Nobel prize winner Paul Breitner (born 1951), German international footballer Paul Briggs (American football) (1920-2011), American football player Paul Brown (1908–1991), American football coach and team owner Paul Brothers, Canadian television personality Paul Brothers (Canadian football), American football player Paul Bühlmann (1927–2000), Swiss actor Paul Caraway, American general Paul Cézanne, French artist Paul Clatney (born 1963), Canadian football player Paul Cornell (born 1967), British writer Paul Cornick (born 1989), American football player Paul Cranmer (born 1969), Canadian football player Paul Cuba (1908–1990), American football player Paul Daniels, British magician Paul Dirac, English physicist Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch entrepreneur Paul Galvin (businessman), founder of Motorola Paul Gascoigne (born 1967), English international footballer Paul Gauguin, French artist Paul Georges (1923-2002), American painter Paul Getty (John Paul Getty, Jr.), British philanthropist Paul Hewson (born 1960), the birth name of Irish singer Bono of U2 fame Paul Jappe (1898-1989), American football player Paul Halleck (1913-1974), American football player Paul Jennings Hill (1954–2003), American anti-abortion activist and murderer Paul Hill (flight director) (born 1962), NASA flight director Paul Hill (musician) (1934–1999), American music director Paul von Hindenburg (1847–1934), German field marshal and statesman Paul Hogan (born 1939), Australian actor and comedian Paul Ince (born 1967), English international footballer Paul Keating (born 1944), former Australian Prime Minister Paul Krugman (born 1953), Nobel Prize-winning American economist and writer Paul Levesque (born 1969), American professional wrestler better known as Triple H Paul Matisse, American artist and inventor Sir Paul McCartney (born 1942), English singer and musician; formerly a member of The Beatles Paul Merton, English comedian Paul Newman (1925–2008), American actor, philanthropist, and motorsport team owner and driver Paul Oakenfold, English electronic musician Paul Oglesby (1939–1994), American football player Paul Patterson (1909-2008), American author and storyteller Paul Pierce, (born 1977), American basketball player Paul Radu (21st century), Romanian investigative journalist Paul Revere (1735–1818), patriot of the American Revolution and silversmith Paul Robeson, American actor, singer and activist Paul Rodgers (born 1949), English musician/songwriter – singer in Free and Bad Company Paul Samuelson, Nobel Prize-winning American economist Paul Sarringhaus, American football player Paul Scholes (born 1974), England international footballer Paul Scofield, English actor Paul Sereno, paleontologist Paul Shorten, Canadian football player Paul Simon (born 1941), American musician Sir Paul Smith (fashion designer) Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player Paul Tang (politician) (born 1967), Dutch politician Paul F. Tompkins, American comedian, podcaster, actor and writer Paul Van Himst, Belgian international footballer Paul Verhoeven, Dutch film director Paul Walker (1973–2013), American actor Paul Weller, English musician formerly of The Jam Paul Wesley, American actor Paul Whitehouse, Welsh comedian Paul Young (born 1956), English singer most famous as a solo act in the 1980s Paul Young (Mike + The Mechanics) (1947–2000), English singer most famous for work with Sad Café and Mike + The Mechanics Paul Zaeske (1945–1992), American football player Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter RuPaul, prominent American drag queen 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 Billy Paul (1934–2016), American soul singer 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 De Paul Lynsey de Paul, English singer-songwriter Vincent de Paul, Catholic saint See also Pavel Paul (disambiguation) All pages beginning with "Paul" Paul-Antoine Jean-Paul (disambiguation) John Paul (disambiguation) John Paul Jones (disambiguation) Pal (surname) Translations Albanian: Pali, Pavli, Pal Amharic: ጳውሎስ (Paulos) Ancient Roman: Paulus, Paulinus Arabic: بولس (Bulus, in the Bible), بول (English name Paul), Boulos Aragonese: Pavlo Armenian Western: Պօղոս (Bōłos) Armenian Eastern: Պողոս (Połos) Asturian: Pablu Basque: Paulo Belarusian: Павeл (Paweł), Паўлюк (Paŭluk), Паўлюсь (Paŭluś), Пол (Pol) Bengali: পল (Pɑl) Biblical Greek: Paulos Biblical Latin: Paulus Bosnian: Pavao, Pavle Breton: Paol Bulgarian: Павел (Pavel) Catalan: Pau, Pol Chinese: 保羅, 保罗 (Bǎoluó) Cornish: Pawl Corsican: Paulu Croatian: Pavao, Pavle, Pavo Czech: Pavel Danish: Poul, Povl, Palle Dutch: Paul, Paulus, Pauwel Esperanto: Paŭlo, Paĉjo Estonian: Paul, Paavel, Paavo Faroese: Páll, Pál, Palli, Pól, Pauli Finnish: Paavali, Paavo, Pauli French: Paul, Pol Frisian: Pouw, Powles, Paulus Galician: Paulo Georgian: პავლე (Pavle) German: Paul Greek: Παύλος (Pávlos, Páv̱los) Gujarati: પોલ (Pōl) Haitian Creole: Pòl Hakka: Pó-lò Hausa: Bulus Hawaiian: Paulo Hebrew: פול (Pol) Hindi: पौलुस (pəulus – only used in Biblical context), पौल (pɔl) Hungarian: Pál (Nicknames: Pali, Palika, Paja, Pajus, Pajó, Palcsi, Palcsika, Pálka, Palkó, Pálocska) Icelandic: Páll Indonesian: Paulus Irish: Pól, Pódhl Italian: Paolo, Paolino Japanese: ポール (Pōru), and in Biblical context, パウルス (Paurusu) Kannada: ಪಾಲ್ (Pāl) Korean: 폴 (Pol) / 바울 (Baul – archaic translation; only used in Biblical context) Latin: Paulus Latvian: Pauls, Pāvils Lithuanian: Paulas, Paulius, Povilas Luganda: Paolo Malayalam: പൗലോസ് (Paulose) Macedonian: Павле (Pavle, Pavel) Maltese: Pawl, Pawlu Manx: Payl Maori: Paora Marathi: पौलुस (pəulus – only used in Biblical context), पॉल (pɔl), पाव्लो (paʋlo), पाब्लो (pablo) Mongolian: Павел (Pavel), Паул Na'vi: Pawl Nepali: पावलले (Pāvalalē) Norwegian: Paul, Pål Occitan: Pau Old English: Paulus Philippine languages: Pablo or Paulo Polish: Paweł Portuguese: Paulo, Paulino, Paulinho Punjabi: ਪੌਲੁਸਨੇ (Paulusanē) Romanian: Paul, Pavel Russian: Пол (Pol), Павел (Pavel), Паша (Pasha) Sardinian: Paulu Scottish Gaelic: Pòl, Pàl Serbian: Павле (Pavle) Sicilian: Pàulu, Paulu Sinhala: Pavulu Slovak: Pavol Slovene: Pavel Spanish: Pablo, Paulino Swedish: Paul, Pål Tamil: பவுல் (Pavul) Telugu: పాల్ (Pāl) Thai: พอล (Paul), ปอ (Por) Ukrainian: Павло (Pavlo), Пол (Pol) Urdu: پال Venetian: Pagoło, Poło Vietnamese: Phao-lô Welsh: Pawl ReferencesMore
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