Paola: baby girl name meaning and popularity


The Spanish and Italian female form of Paul, a Latin name which means "small." But don't let the meaning of her name fool you - your little Paola will be one tough cookie. As Shakespeare famously said in A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Though she be but little, she is fierce."


Lola, Pola, Paolita.

Famous people named Paola:

Actresses Paola Turbay and Paola Núñez; physicist Paola Zizzi; author Paola Antonelli; TV host Paola Perego.

Fun fact:

Napoleon Bonaparte's sister was best known as Pauline Bonaparte, but her birth name was actually Maria Paola Buonaparte.

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