(45 Posts)
HoneyandRum Sat 07-Dec-13 21:03:50

It seems to be underused. In 20 years any Pauls from 2013/14 will be surrounded by Noahs and Nathans. I think it would standout then as unusual.


SundaySimmons Sat 07-Dec-13 21:07:50

It's old fashioned but not in a good way.

Just like Doreen, it's a name that just doesn't seem to fit anymore.

IThoughtThat Sat 07-Dec-13 21:13:58

I like Paul. It's really nice. I know a young Paul.

DoItTooBabyJesus Sat 07-Dec-13 21:14:32


Don't like but like Saul

Indianajonesismyhero Sat 07-Dec-13 21:58:05

Names do age though... There were loads of Pauls at my school and now I am married to one (he's 36). Never see any little ones about now, though. Similarly, do you get baby Nicolas, Claires or Joannes? Loads of them back in the 90s, not so much now. My own name marks me out vvv clearly as a late 70s baby too!

Frontdoorstep Sat 07-Dec-13 21:59:08

I know a couple of younger boys called Paul, I like it.

girliefriend Sat 07-Dec-13 22:01:56

There is a lot of Polish kids at my dds school with names like Nicholas, Claire, Joanne, Julia and Paul!

Not sure what my point is confused

MrsBennetsEldest Sat 07-Dec-13 22:04:42

Well Jazz, Saul did become Paul. ( in the bible ).
I like it, it's my little brothers name, he's 42grin

brokenhearted55a Sat 07-Dec-13 22:06:13

I love it.

Classic, can't shorten it. Where's the problem?

Bowlersarm Sat 07-Dec-13 22:09:06

I love Paul. When I was growing up it was going to be the name of my DS (it isn't!)

I think it will make a comeback, although not yet.

hoppinghare Sat 07-Dec-13 22:12:03

I think it is a lovely name, simple, strong, masculine. Go on. Use it.

Indianajonesismyhero Sat 07-Dec-13 22:16:16

The idea that Paul will stand out among the Noahs etc in his 20s appeals - just like the odd Edward stood out among the Pauls 30 years ago and now you can't move without falling over an Edward at every turn... I like Paul,it's a lovely name..

squoosh Sat 07-Dec-13 23:01:12

It's just SO boring! Every other 30 something man I meet is called Paul.

So thirty years from now a 30 year old Paul would be the equivalent of meeting a present day 30 year old called Keith.

HoneyandRum Sat 07-Dec-13 23:11:24

It's swimming against the tide, by choosing a name that all mums and dads see as boring almost guarantees it will be underused and therefore hip in 20 years.

It's like our parents generation saying why in earth are you calling your kids Lily, Betty and Slyvie? I know all three under 10.

Rosencrantz Sat 07-Dec-13 23:14:27

I know lots of Paul's in their 20s, but none younger.

Chippingnortonset123 Sat 07-Dec-13 23:17:07

I think It is a great name and will stand out.

winkywinkola Sat 07-Dec-13 23:17:16

I think it's an ugly name. As is Pauline. Paulette etc.

MumpiresRedCard Sat 07-Dec-13 23:22:39

I like Saul.

Paul sounds so banal. A meek ineffectual character. Not sure if i know any pauls. I cant remember.

squoosh Sat 07-Dec-13 23:24:28

'It's like our parents generation saying why in earth are you calling your kids Lily, Betty and Slyvie? I know all three under 10.'

Not really as they are more grandparent names than parent names. Parents names are Roger, Roy, Janet and Sandra.

fairisleknitter Sat 07-Dec-13 23:25:16

I prefer Peter, John or Robert.

I do know a young Paul and he's the only one in his year. Actually he may be the only one in the school!

justhayley Sun 08-Dec-13 01:28:46

I have an uncle Paul, (mid 40s) he kinda looks like a baby - bald & fat cheeks lol. I know a late 20s Paul but knowone younger than it.

mathanxiety Sun 08-Dec-13 07:06:18

I know one who is 10. I think it's a great name.

I love Pauline, Paulina, Polina, Paulette and Paula...

99redbafoons Sun 08-Dec-13 07:11:07

It means small if that has any baring for you...

SatinSandals Sun 08-Dec-13 07:16:30

I think it is one that will make a comeback at some point.

dobedobedo Sun 08-Dec-13 07:18:25

Dh is called Paul, he's 30. I like the name. Dh is tall, dark, handsome, smart, stubborn, reasonable, tips even when he gets crap service, witty and beardy.
Probably not down to his name, but I'm in the "vote for Paul" camp! grin

BananaHammocks Sun 08-Dec-13 07:24:52

It might not be popular now but it was for the last few generations hence there will still be loads around even if they aren't the same age as him. People only seem to be bothered about their children not having the same name as people they will go to school with, what about the rest of their life?

ExcuseTypos Sun 08-Dec-13 07:42:24

There are so many names to choose from, I don't understand why anyone would choose a name like Paul, John, Kevin, etc

Sorry, but I find it so mundane it irritates me. I know that sounds rude, I usually have very little opinion on names, but I do on boring ones.

HoneyandRum Sun 08-Dec-13 09:52:09

Paul Newman is boring?

RTjoke Sun 08-Dec-13 09:58:25

DD1 has two Paul's in her year so it's not as unusual as you think. I think both have Eastern European parents so it must be popular in the part of the world.

Coconutty Sun 08-Dec-13 09:59:38

Not keen at all.

GingerPCatt Sun 08-Dec-13 10:03:10

Like it. As long as you don't name his brother peter.

harryhausen Sun 08-Dec-13 10:20:57

I like Paul. I know of no children or babies called Paul.

Incidentally, in our school I know of no Marks, Johns, Matthews, Colins, Philips, Simons etc etc. These were very recurring names when I was in school 70's/80's.

Also, I have a Lucy. Fairly common, however there are no others in our whole school of 580 pupils. There are plenty of Ellie's, Lily's, Matilda's, Madeline's, Summers, India's etc.

It's hard guessing name popularity.

ExcuseTypos Sun 08-Dec-13 11:14:49

No I don't thin Pau Newman is boring at all. I think the name Paul is boring.

ExcuseTypos Sun 08-Dec-13 11:15:23

Sorry I seem to have missed some letters out theregrin

ExcuseTypos Sun 08-Dec-13 11:17:20

My Dh has a very boring name, he is lovely, but his name is plain and mundane.

SirChenjin Sun 08-Dec-13 11:21:30

Every second boy in the seventies was called Paul (well, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but it felt like it...). It's one of those names which definitely define a decade, but it's not a name I like

sonnieboo Tue 10-Dec-13 12:36:59

I like Paul a lot. Good, solid, classic name that makes a refreshing change from all the Alfie, Archie, Charlie type names that are imo overused.

He'd not only not have to share his name at school but have a very 'cool' name as an adult (as by then everyone is calling their kids Paul again!). Go for it!

squoosh Tue 10-Dec-13 12:38:28

It will not be 'cool' when he's an adult, Pauls are still bloody everywhere! It will take 70 years until he's considered cool.

squoosh Tue 10-Dec-13 12:39:26

If you want a plain sensible name, go for Peter or John, they're far better and far more classic than 70's-tastic Paul.

TheApprentice Tue 10-Dec-13 12:44:24

Its lovely. Classic and dignified. To the poster who said she didn't understand why people chose names like John, Kevin etc - well, different people have different taste obviously. Just because you find them banal doesn't mean someone else can't really like them.

Xavielli Tue 10-Dec-13 12:47:11

DP is Paul. He hates it because it means small and is referred to by his surname or an abrieviation of surname (even by his mum!)

ZombiePenguin Wed 11-Dec-13 22:22:27


It makes me think of Pimply Paul from Horrid Henry (I get hung up on stupid stuff, tbf).

Aside from that, I think it is quite boring and dull. Probably two generations down the line, Paul will be an exciting and classic name....

TalkativeJim Wed 11-Dec-13 22:25:09

Paul Newman is a one-man snoreathon grin

kotinka Wed 11-Dec-13 22:26:05

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