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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.


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

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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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