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The first name 

Saul is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

Saul – popular and common in the US!

The name Saul isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Saul ranks 466. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 3 were named Saul. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Saul.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Saul mean?

The name Saul comes from the Hebrew name Sha’ul meaning ‘asked for’ or ‘prayed for’. In the Old Testament, Saul was the first king of Israel, succeeded by David.

In the 1990s and 2000s, ... Saul was far more popular than usual. Still, it has been consistently given since the 19th century.

Saul has 4 letters 
and begins with an S

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter S is a quite popular first letter for boys’ names. Because: 5.9% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. By the way, the most common first letters for boys’ names are J, A and D.

With four letters, the name Saul is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

This means that with 5.9% of all boys' names that begin with an S, this first letter is much more common than all 26 letters on average - and the most popular one of all the boys’ names starting with S is Steven.

Other names with 
S, a, u and l

If you take all the letters in the name Saul – S, a, u and l – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Asul or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Saul

If your name is Saul and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Saul

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Saul, you can simply say:





This is how the name Saul is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Saul in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Saul

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Saul is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Saul

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Saul sounds like this: