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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.


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


JazzAnnNonMouse Sat 07-Dec-13 21:21:15

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

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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.

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