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Paolo is simply an Italian version of the name Paul. It's never been too common in the United States, but it's on the rise. That's probably because it has a cool international sound that's not too unusual. Choose it for your son, and he's sure to be the only Paolo in his kindergarten class… for now. From traditional names, like Thomas, to unique names, like Wolf, Paolo pairs well with a variety of middle names.

Meaning of the name Paolo:

Italian: Small, humble

Origin of the name Paolo:

Paolo is an Italian version of the name Paul. Paul is a Biblical name that means “small” or “humble.”

Symbolism of the name Paolo:

Paolo's meaning of “small” refers more to humility than actual physical size. New parents may choose the name in hopes that their baby boy is always humble. They may also choose the name to honor their Italian heritage or passion for the Italian culture.

Style of the name Paolo:

International

Gender of the name Paolo:

Paolo is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Paolo:

PAUL-oh or PAL-oh

Number of syllables in the name Paolo:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Paolo:

The baby name Paolo evokes images of someone who is loving and a great caregiver.

Alternative spellings for the name Paolo:

Nicknames for the name Paolo:

  • Pal
  • Paulie
  • Paw

Popularity of the name Paolo:

According to the Social Security Administration, Paolo has never been a top 1,000 baby name for boys or girls in the United States.

Related names for the name Paolo:

  • Paul 
  • Pablo
  • Pauly
  • Paco
  • Pasqual

Great middle names for Paolo and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Paolo:

  • Paolo Cesare Maldini (soccer player)
  • Paolo Lorenzi (tennis player)
  • Paolo Veronese (Renaissance painter)
  • Paolo Sorrentino (Screenwriter and director)
  • Paolo Uccello (Renaissance painter)

Paolo in popular culture:

  • Paolo (character on the TV show “Friends”)
  • Paolo Valisari (character in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”)
  • Paolo Poloverdo (character in the book “The Killer's Tears)