Please help me love the name Paul!

[name]Paul[/name] is both my Dad’s middle name and my partner’s father’s name, so it would be a great middle name choice for us. Unfortunately, I just can’t bring myself to like it very much. Please help me find a way to fall in love with it: convince me it’s great, give me an alternative that might work (although I already searched for names of the same meaning and found nothing to my taste) or even suggest books/films/tv shows with cool Pauls in them! I would be eternally grateful!
Thanks in advance:)

You probably wont fall in love with a name that you don’t automatically love. You could always use it as a middle name, or you could save it for a female option: [name]Paula[/name], [name]Pauline[/name], [name]Paulette[/name], [name]Polly[/name], [name]Hope[/name] that helps!

I’m thinking of [name]Paul[/name] in the MN spot too as it’s also a family name, but I love it. However it’s often in contention with [name]Peter[/name], another biblical ‘P’ name- does that appeal to you? I like [name]Peter[/name] for its classic-ness and association with [name]Peter[/name] [name]Pan[/name] and [name]Peter[/name] Rabbit :smiley:

As for associations with [name]Paul[/name], all I can think of is [name]Paul[/name] [name]Merton[/name], [name]Bono[/name] & [name]Paul[/name] McCartney. They’re kind of cool :stuck_out_tongue: [name]Paul[/name] is also a pretty village in Cornwall!

It is a lovely, classic name [name]IMO[/name], but if you really can’t like it then you could look at other family names, or maybe leave it a few weeks/months and see how you feel about it then? I often find previously ‘indifferent’ names jump on my list just because I’ve admired a TV/book character or someone in real life :stuck_out_tongue:

[name]Hope[/name] I’ve helped :slight_smile:

I love this name, but then again, I love classic names for boys. My first thought was [name]Paul[/name] [name]Newman[/name] – it doesn’t get much cooler or handsomer than him! Also [name]Paul[/name] [name]Rudd[/name], who I find hilarious. There’s also the Popes, but if you’re not Catholic or religious, that won’t help. :slight_smile:

Maybe wait until he’s born. A lot of the names I thought were too boring and didn’t feel right (including the name we ended up using) felt much more right and perfect once I was face to face with my son. Good luck!

P.S. There’s also [name]Paul[/name] Revere, [name]Paul[/name] [name]Anka[/name], [name]Paul[/name] [name]Brown[/name] (founder of Cincinnati Bengals, whose stadium is named after him), and lots more.

Yes! [name]Paul[/name] [name]Newman[/name]!

I think [name]Paul[/name] would be an original choice these days.

My son’s mn is [name]Paul[/name], and I think it is a lovely choice and in my case it is to honour the biblical figure who was in my opinion a superstar.

[name]How[/name] about [name]Saul[/name] instead? TBH if you don’t like [name]Paul[/name] you probably never will but you might learn to have a soft spot for it because of the special people it represents.

[name]Paul[/name] [name]Pierce[/name] of the [name]Boston[/name] Celtics is my husband’s favorite bball player. We’ve considered it. And the [name]Paul[/name] from the Bible was a powerhouse.

[name]Paul[/name] is my brother’s name. If I had had another son, I would have strongly considered [name]Paul[/name] as the middle name. (I sometimes wish [name]Paul[/name] was my second son’s middle name.) Anyway, I agree with pps that the biblical [name]Paul[/name] was a superstar. Also, there is [name]Paul[/name] [name]Bunyan[/name], folktale hero. (There is a GIANT statue of [name]Paul[/name] [name]Bunyan[/name] somewhere in Minnesota.) Anyway, I think [name]Paul[/name] would make for a fabulous middle name - even more so in light of the family connection you described.

I was trying to find a way to honor a [name]Paul[/name] and gave up on it. I really love both [name]Pablo[/name] and [name]Paloma[/name] (so maybe I like [name]Picasso[/name]…)
[name]Paloma[/name] is so lush and feminine but also dignified and respectable. It’s Spanish, but I think it’s wearable for people of all ethnicities without feeling contrived.
[name]Pablo[/name] is tons of fun, roly-poly and cute but also a mad-genius name. I do think it might be a bit much on a non-Hispanic kid, unless you guys are really bold.
[name]Paola[/name] and [name]Paolo[/name] are also beautiful, but super-Italian.
I actually think [name]Paul[/name] has a quiet beauty to it. In my experience, people named [name]Paul[/name] are calm, generous and humble. The world needs more Pauls. I bet it could be wonderful as part of a double-barreled name, or as a first name for a child who goes by his middle name. From your signature list:
[name]Paul[/name] [name]Theodore[/name] “[name]Theodore[/name]”

[name]Vaughn[/name] has the same meaning as [name]Paul[/name].

I didn’t love the name either however in my husband’s family it’s tradition to name the first son [name]Paul[/name] after his father and then middle name after the mother’s father. Didn’t think it was something I should argue with. So my dh is [name]Paul[/name] [name]Robert[/name] and our son is [name]Paul[/name] [name]Thomas[/name]. And the name has totally grown on me- it fits our son perfectly. We also call him [name]Little[/name] [name]Paul[/name] or LP since he’s the 4th [name]Paul[/name] in a row but none of them are juniors- they all have different middles. We probably call him LP the majority of the time. (I also had final say when we had a girl- got myself the [name]Eliza[/name] I wanted!)

I’d echo the suggestion of [name]Paolo[/name] :slight_smile:

I didn’t like the name [name]Paul[/name] much myself until I one at uni. He’s hilarious, has an ace Irish accent and is an all round lovely guy.

[name]Paul[/name] is timeless, classic, handsome and strong. It might not be flashy or unique, but it is sturdy and versatile.

[name]Paul[/name] of the Bible is an incredibly inspiring man. He was a persecutor of early Christians whom God chose to convert into one of His most influential apostles. [name]Paul[/name] stands up against physical attacks, imprisonment and threats of death. In my opinion, he is a fantastic namesake.

Then you’ve got [name]Paul[/name] Revere. [name]Paul[/name] [name]Newman[/name]. [name]Paul[/name] [name]Bunyan[/name].

Thanks everyone, this has helped me be able to consider [name]Paul[/name] a little more for a mn (probably with [name]Theodore[/name] which seems to freshen it up). Sadly I’m still not convinced by any variations (though I may just use another P name like [name]Patrick[/name] or [name]Piers[/name]) or by the namesake suggestions here (I’m not religious), but I have a couple of years before we start trying to let [name]Paul[/name] grow on me!