[ 1 syll. sau(l), sa-ul ] The baby boy name Saul is pronounced in English as SAOL †. Saul is primarily used in the English, German, and Hungarian languages. Its language of origin is Hebrew. The name means asked for, prayed for. A biblical name, it is derived from the word 'sha'al' meaning to ask, to ask for. The name was borne in the Old Testament by the first king of Israel, and in the New Testament as the original Jewish name of the apostle Paul; the latter was the Roman name given to him after his conversion to Christianity. The name was widely adopted in the 17th century by the English Puritans, but from the 19th century, the name has dropped from favor among English speakers and is now considered a mainly Jewish name.
Saul has 16 forms that are used in English and other languages. Forms of Saul used in English include Saula, Saulie, Saulo, Saül, Sawl, Sollea, Sollee, Solley, Solli, and Sollie. The diminutive Solly, and the variant spelling Sol (used in Hebrew as well) are other English forms.
See also the related form, the English Sonny.
Saul is a classic favorite. Currently it is still rather popular as a baby boy name, but not as much as it was in the past. The name rose in popularity from the 1950s up to the 2000s. Its usage peaked in 2001 with 0.053% of baby boys being given the name Saul. It had a ranking of #278 then. The baby name has fallen in popularity since then. In 2018, its usage was 0.028% and its ranking #528, but it was nonetheless the most popular among all boy names in its family. In 2018, Saul was 41% more widely used than the next ranked name, Sonny.
† Pronunciation for Saul: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
A famous person named Saul is Author, Saul Bellow, born Solomon Bellows 10 June 1915 - 5 April 2005, Lachine, Quebec, Canada.