The Name Paul and Famous People Named Paul

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I love my name, Paul. I was named after my Great Uncle Paul Barnett who was first cousins with Paul Black, the man holding me in the picture below. This picture, taken in 1984, is of the Oldest and Youngest Pauls in our family at the time (Paul Black and Baby Adventure Paul).

Paul Black and Adventure Paul

What does the name Paul mean?

Paul derives from the Roman family name Paulus which means “small” or “humble” in Latin. The name is common in all Western European languages (e.g. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Scandinavian) and those associated with Eastern Orthodoxy (e.g. Greek, Russian, Georgian).

Famous People With The Name Paul

Paul Ryan – The presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election.
Paul Allen – Co-founder of Microsoft and one of the Top 50 Richest Men in the World.
Paul Thomas Anderson – American film director and screenwriter well-known for the feature films: Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007), and The Master (2012)
Paul Anka – Canadian singer and songwriter famous for one of my favorite songs You Are My Destiny
Paul D. Boyer – American biochemist who shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research on the “enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)”
Paul Breitner – German international footballer and one of the most controversial players, capped 48 times for his country.
Paul Brown – First coach of Cleveland Browns after World War II and later helped Found and Coach 1968-1975 the Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Caraway – United States Army Lieutenant General and the 3rd High Commissioner of the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands; son of two Arkansas Senators, Hattie Caraway and Thaddeus Caraway.
Paul Cézanne – French artist who formed the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism.
Paul Daniels – British magician and television performer who achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.
Paul Dirac – English theoretical physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics.
Paul Vincent Galvin – One of the two founders of telecommunications company Motorola, which was originally founded as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation on September 25, 1928.
Paul Gascoigne – English retired professional footballer who played in the position of midfield at Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough, Everton and Gansu Tianma, at all of which he scored at least one goal.
Paul Gauguin – French Post-Impressionist artist who was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse.
Paul Georges – American artist who painted large-scale figurative allegories and satirical self-portraits and founder and original chairman of the Artists’ Choice Museum in New York City.
Paul Getty – Founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune magazine named him the richest living American. Avid collector of art and antiquities, of which formed the basis of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Paul Hewson – Most commonly known by his stage name Bono; an Irish singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2.
Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg – Known universally as Paul von Hindenburg was a Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, and served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934.
Paul Hogan – Australian actor best known for his role as Michael “Crocodile” Dundee from the Crocodile Dundee film series, for which he won a Golden Globe award.
Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince – English football manager and a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1982 to 2007.
Paul Keating – Former Australian politician who served as the 24th Prime Minister of Australia from 1991 to 1996.
Paul Krugman – American economist and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times known in academia for his work on international economics.
Paul Michael Levesque – American professional wrestler, wrestling executive, and actor better known by his ring name Triple H, and current Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events for WWE.
Paul Matisse – Artist and inventor known especially for his public art installations, and inventor of the Kalliroscope.
Sir Paul McCartney – English musician, singer, songwriter and composer who reached worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles along with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr; described by Guinness World Records as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time.”
Paul Merton – British comedian, writer, actor and television presenter known for his improvisation skill, and his regular appearances as a team captain on the BBC panel game Have I Got News for You, and as the former host of Room 101.
Paul Newman – American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, and auto racing enthusiast; co-founder of Newman’s Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity.
Paul Oakenfold – English record producer and a trance DJ, known for pioneering the genre in Ibiza back in 1987.
Paul Revere – American silversmith, early industrialist, and a patriot in the American Revolution, most famous for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
Paul Leroy Robeson – American singer and actor who was a political activist for the Civil Rights Movement whose advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and criticism of the US brought retribution from the government and public condemnation.
Paul Bernard Rodgers – English rock singer-songwriter, best known for his success in the 1970s as a member of Free and Bad Company.
Paul Anthony Samuelson – American economist, and the first American to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
Paul Scholes – English footballer, a one-club man who has played his entire professional career for Manchester United.
Paul Scofield – English actor of stage and screen known for his distinctive voice and delivery and his role as Sir Thomas More in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons.
Paul Sereno – American paleontologist from the University of Chicago who discovered several new dinosaur species on several continents.
Paul Frederic Simon – Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter, poet and guitarist most well known for the duo Simon & Garfunkel, launched in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.
Sir Paul Smith – English fashion designer, whose business and reputation is founded upon his menswear.
Paul Van Himst – Belgian football midfielder and a football manager, nicknamed Polle Gazon due to the large number of fouls committed on him.
Paul Verhoeven – Dutch film director, screenwriter, and producer who has made movies in both the Netherlands and the United States, best known for directing the American feature films RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Hollow Man (2000).
Paul Weller – English singer-songwriter, well known for the band The Jam (1972–1982), and later The Style Council (1983–1989).
Paul Whitehouse – Welsh actor, writer and comedian, known for his work with Harry Enfield and as one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch show, The Fast Show. Johnny Depp described Paul Whitehouse as “the greatest actor of all time”.
Paul Antony Young – English rock and pop musician, formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands Kat Kool & The Kool Cats, Streetband and Q-Tips, his following solo success turned him into a 1980s teenage pop idol.
Paul Young Paul Young – English singer and percussionist who worked with several successful bands, best known as the lead singer of chart band Sad Café, and later lead vocalist with Paul Carrack in Mike + The Mechanics, the pop-rock band formed in 1985 by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford.
Paul Reubens – American actor, writer, film producer, and comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the 1970s and started his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor.
Paul the Apostle – Referred to as “the Apostle Paul”, “Saint Paul”, or “Saul of Tarsus”, is perhaps the most influential early Christian missionary whose writings form a considerable portion of the New Testament.
Paul I – Emperor of Russia between 1796 and 1801 and also the 71st Grand Master of the Order of Malta.
Paul of Greece – Reigned as King of Greece from 1947 to 1964; born in Athens, the third son of King Constantine I of Greece and his wife, Princess Sophia of Prussia.
Paul of Aegina – 7th-century Byzantine Greek physician best known for writing the medical encyclopedia Medical Compendium in Seven Books which contained the sum of all Western medical knowledge and was unrivaled in its accuracy and completeness.
Paul the Deacon – Benedictine monk and historian of the Lombards.
Paul, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom – Village situated two miles south of Penzance and one mile south of Newlyn.
Paul, Minidoka County, Idaho, United States – City founded in 1907 which received its name from Charles H. Paul, an engineer on the Minidoka Reclamation Project.
Paul, Santo Antão, Cape Verde – Municipality on the island of Santo Antão, which together with Ribeira Grande, covers one-third of the island and home to two-thirds of the population.
Hurricane Paul (1982) – A particularly deadly and destructive Pacific hurricane which killed a total of 1,696 people and caused $1.156 billion in damage. The sixteenth named storm and tenth hurricane of the 1982 Pacific hurricane season, Paul developed as a tropical depression just offshore Central America on September 18.
Hurricane Paul (2006) – A hurricane that ultimately struck Mexico as a tropical depression in October 2006. It developed from an area of disturbed weather on October 21, and slowly intensified as it moved into an area of warm waters and progressively decreasing wind shear.
Paul Edgar Philippe Martin – Canadian politician who succeeded Jean Chrétien as leader of the Liberal Party and became the 21st Prime Minister of Canada on December 12, 2003.
Paul (Film) – 2011 British-American science fiction comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost about an Alien named Paul who gets himself into all sorts of crazy adventures.
Paul Mitchell – John Paul Mitchell Systems is the company known for Paul Mitchell hair care products and styling tools, founded by John Paul DeJoria and Cyril Thomson Mitchell in 1980 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.
Paul Buchheit – American computer programmer and entrepreneur, best known as the creator and lead developer of Gmail. He developed the original prototype of Google AdSense as part of his work on Gmail and suggested the company’s now-famous motto “Don’t be evil” in a 2000 meeting on company values.
Paul Adolph Volcker, Jr. – American economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve under United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan from August 1979 to August 1987.
Paul Klee – German and a Swiss painter whose style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism.
Paul Churchland – Philosopher noted for his studies in neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind.
Paul the Octopus – A common octopus from Weymouth, England who lived in a tank at a commercial attraction, the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany and became internationally famous after his feeding behaviour was used to correctly predict the winner of each of the Germany national football team’s seven matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as the outcome of the final.
Paul Beauregard – American rapper and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee, best known by his stage name, DJ Paul. He is one half of the Memphis-based rap group Three 6 Mafia.
Paul Joseph Schrader – American screenwriter, film director, and former film critic, most known for his screenplays for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
Paul Andrew Schneider – American film actor born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina (where Adventure Paul is from) who graduated from the North Carolina School of Arts (where Adventure Paul’s best friend Justin Hantz graduated). He made his cinematic debut in 2000 in the independent film George Washington, directed by David Gordon Green, and later starred in All the Real Girls.
Paul Franklin Dano – American actor and producer who has appeared in films such as L.I.E. (2001), Too Young to Be a Dad (2002), The Girl Next Door (2004), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Cowboys & Aliens (2011).
Paul William Walker IV – American actor who became well known in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues; best known for starring in The Fast and the Furious movies.
Paul Bettany – English actor best known for the movies Gangster No. 1 (2000), A Knight’s Tale (2001), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Dogville (2003), and the adaptation of the novel The Da Vinci Code (2006).
Paul Stephen Rudd – American actor, comedian and screenwriter best known for his roles in the films Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Dinner for Schmucks, The Object of My Affection, Role Models, I Love You, Man, and Our Idiot Brother.
Paul Wesley – American actor best known for his roles as Stefan Salvatore in The CW TV series The Vampire Diaries and as Aaron Corbett in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen.
Paul Greengrass – English film director, screenwriter and former journalist who specialises in dramatisations of real-life events and is known for his signature use of hand-held cameras.
Paul Wharton – Model, wardrobe stylist and image expert, first seen as the popular Model Coach from MTV’s MADE television series, followed by a stint as a makeover expert on The Ricki Lake Show. Paul went on to contribute to various television news and talk shows including VH1 model series The Agency, where he provided innovative image enhancement advice to young women that aspired to break into the modeling industry.
Paul Muni – Austrian-born American stage and film actor who was considered one of the most prestigious actors at Warner Brothers studios, and one of the rare actors who was given the privilege of choosing which parts he wanted.
Paul William Scott Anderson – English film director, producer and screenwriter who regularly works in science fiction movies and video game adaptations.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop – American crime comedy film written by and starring Kevin James as the title character and directed by Steve Carr; released on January 16, 2009 by Columbia Pictures.
Paul Sawtell – Polish-born film score composer in the United States who began his career with RKO, and eventually joined Universal Pictures. Sawtell worked on many western and horror films, and also scored the Sherlock Holmes films The Pearl of Death and The Scarlet Claw.
Paul S. Feig – American director, actor and author known for playing Mr. Eugene Pool, Sabrina’s science teacher, on the first season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, as well as Tim, a camp counselor, in the hit kids movie Heavyweights.
Paul Benjamin Auster – American author known for works blending absurdism, existentialism, crime fiction, and the search for identity and personal meaning in works such as The New York Trilogy (1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), The Book of Illusions (2002), and The Brooklyn Follies (2005).
Paul McGann – English actor who made his name on the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer, in which he played the lead role. He is also known for his role in Withnail and I, and for portraying the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie and subsequent tie-in media.
Paul Ben-Victor – American actor who debuted on the small screen in 1987 in the made-for-TV movie Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife and on an episode of Cagney & Lacey, then later starred in The Wire and Entourage, as well as making a 2006 appearance as Coach Lou on My Name is Earl.
Paul Xavier Gleason – American film and television actor, known for his roles on TV series such as All My Children and films such as The Breakfast Club, Trading Places and Die Hard.
Paul McGuigan – Film director, best known for directing films such as Lucky Number Slevin and Push. He has also directed episodes of Sherlock, Monroe, and the 2012 NBC series Smash.
Paul Rodriguez – Mexican-born American stand-up comedian and actor.
Paul Rodriguez Jr. – Professional skateboarder nicknamed P-Rod (son of Paul Rodriguez the stand-up comedian).
Paul Le Mat – American actor who first came to prominence in the 1973 film American Graffiti, which won him the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year – Actor.
Paul Joseph Otto Johansson – American-born Canadian actor, writer and director, best known for playing Dan Scott on the WB/CW television series, One Tree Hill, and for his role as Nick Wolfe on the short lived Highlander: The Series spin-off Highlander: The Raven.
Paul John Weitz – American film producer, screenwriter, actor, and film director. He is the brother of filmmaker Chris Weitz.
Paul Joseph Weitz – Retired United States Navy pilot and former NASA astronaut, who flew into space twice on missions Skylab 2 and STS-6.
Paul Henreid – Trieste-born American actor and film director, best remembered for playing Victor Laszlo in Casablanca (1942).
Paul Hartman – American dancer, stage performer and television character actor who teamed up with Grace Barrett, his future wife, in 1922 for a long and successful dancing comedy act.
Paul Burton – Chartered Statistician (Royal Statistical Society), a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and holds professorships within the Faculties of Public Health in universities both in the UK and Australia.
Paul Jackson, Jr. – Fusion/urban jazz composer, arranger, producer and guitarist who was born and raised in Los Angeles.
Paul Bunyan – Lumberjack figure in North American folklore and tradition. One of the most famous and popular North American folklore heroes, he is usually described as a giant as well as a lumberjack of unusual skill, and is often accompanied in stories by his animal companion, Babe the Blue Ox.
Paul Anthony Pierce – Nicknamed “The Truth”, is an American professional basketball forward with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti – American actor who began his career as a supporting actor in several films produced during the 1990s including Private Parts, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, The Negotiator, and Man on the Moon before earning lead roles in several projects in the 2000s.
Paul Michael Posluszny – Commonly known as “Poz”, is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) who played college football for Pennsylvania State University.
Paul Fanaika – American football offensive guard for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Paul McQuistan – American football offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Paul Fuapapa Soliai – American football nose tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League who was drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Paul George – American basketball player with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association who plays small forward, and was drafted by the Indiana Pacers as the 10th overall pick at the 2010 NBA Draft after playing two years with the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Paul Millsap – American professional basketball player who plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA) who was selected by the Jazz in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft.
Adventure Paul – American born international superstar.

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Paulstown, Ireland Paulstown, Ireland – Paulstown is a small village in County Kilkenny in Ireland, located at the junction of the N9 and N10 National primary roads. Paulstown parish is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.

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