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Quick Facts on Pablo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 402
Simple meaning:
Small, humble

Characteristics of Pablo

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Pablo

Pablo is the Spanish equivalent of Paul. The name Paul was once an old Roman family name which was derived from a nickname during the classical era. The Latin word “Paulus” means ‘small, humble.’ Paul is borne from the Bible, in the New Testament, as one of the most influential Christian missionaries who lived in the first century at the time of rising Christian beliefs. Originally called Saul, he was a Jewish Roman citizen raised in Jerusalem and over-zealous in his determination to imprison and even execute Christians. This all changed on Paul’s “Damascus Road experience” (a term still used in referring to the precise moment when a person develops a personal relationship with God/Jesus). In Paul’s case, he was going to Damascus to capture more of those pesky Christians when suddenly a bright light appeared and blinded him. “Who are you, Lord?” Paul asks, to which a voice replies: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” [Acts 9:4]. Uh oh. Sounds like Paul got caught in a pretty big faux-pas. Fortunately for Paul, his conversion is successful, his sight is restored and he goes onto become one of the most important early Christian leaders and a prolific spreader of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean. The Latin Paulus and its offshoots Paul (English), Paolo (Italian) and Pablo (Spanish) have all been successful male names enduring since medieval times. The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is one of the more notable name bearers. Today, Pablo is the 3rd most popular name in Spain (2010) outranked only by Daniel and Alejandro.

Popularity of the Name Pablo

Pablo has been a Spanish staple in America. The name has existed on the charts since the 19th century and has impressively maintained a position of semi-moderate usage. Even though Pablo is ranked so high in Spain (and Catalonia), Spanish names in the United States are more heavily influenced by the naming trends in Mexico and South America. Pablo is currently not ranked in the Top 100 in Mexico (but Juan Pablo is). Therefore, there are dozens of more popular Spanish male names on the American popularity charts other than Pablo. Still, we love Pablo. It’s simple and ‘humble’ but strong, upbeat and friendly. Thanks to Pablo Picasso it also sounds so cosmopolitan Spanish. Pablo is quintessential Spanish; one of our favs.
Popularity of the Boy Name Pablo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Pablo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Pablo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Pablo

    Pablo (For Whom the Bell Tolls) Pablo is a main character in Ernest Hemmingway’s 1940 novel set against the Spanish Civil War, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (made into a film in 1943 with Akim Tamiroff playing Pablo). He is a leader of a guerilla band, a complex and puzzling character, who squares off against the American protagonist, Robert Jordan. Pablo is presented as a crass and slovenly figure who is determined to undermine the Republic’s efforts against Fascism, but continuing association with him brings one to a kind of empathetic understanding of him. Once a brave and fearless fighter for the Republic, he has been so disillusioned by the length and brutality of the ongoing war that he clings to his single-minded devotion to staying alive. In sharp contrast to the lofty heroism of Robert Jordan, who is willing to risk all for a country not even his, we find Pablo to be refreshingly real. His goal is to retire to the countryside with his horses and his “woman”, Pilar. Not at all an unreasonable aim, we think. In the end, he comes through for the Republic and manages to save his skin as well, while young Jordan loses his life for a lost cause.

    Pablo Sanchez (Tortilla Flat) Pablo Sanchez is a character in John Steinbeck’s 1935 novel, "Tortilla Flat", a modern day take on King Arthur and his Round Table, featuring a rollicking band of “paisanos” living communally in this Monterey County, California district after having served in World War I. They are all intent on the pure business of living – eating, drinking, laughing and loving. If this mode of living freely must involve idleness, thievery, trickery and drunkenness, well, so be it. Conventional they are not, and our Pablo fits right in, a happy, generous, humorous and fiercely loyal member of the band of “knights”, devoted to each other and living harmoniously in their environment. The novel was made into a movie of the same name in 1942, and guess who played Pablo – Akim Tamiroff! (Well, Google him.)

  • Popular Songs on Pablo

    Popular Songs on Pablo

    Blues for Pablo - a song by Manhattan Transfer

    Blues for Pablo - a jazz piece by Miles Davis

    Pablo and Andrea - a song by Yo La Tengo

    Pablo Neruda - a song by Patty Larkin

    Pablo Picasso - a song by David Bowie

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Pablo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Pablo

    Count on Pablo (Barbara deRubertis) - In Count on Pablo, the focus is on counting by ones, twos, fives, and tens. Pablo is excited about helping his abuela (grandmother) at the farmer's market. Using a variety of counting strategies, he helps her prepare the produce to sell. But no one comes to buy and Pablo is worried. How can he help? Suddenly he has an idea and, by the day's end, they are celebrating! Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Draw with Pablo Picasso (Ana Salvador) - What better way to learn to draw than from the master himself? Draw with Pablo Picasso helps budding artists recreate some of the artist’s most delightful and accessible images. Each fun project comes with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to draw colorful faces and birds. First, children copy the images, developing a feel for drawing and instilling an appreciation for Picasso’s work. They then improvise on the images, tapping into their own creative potential. The accompanying text introduces Picasso’s art and features some of his best-known sayings. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Meet Pablo! (Emily Sollinger) - It's an adorable plush hand puppet and a cloth book all in one--featuring Pablo from Nick Jr's hit show, The Backyardigans! Join Pablo as he travels on the high seas as a pirate, protects the castle as a knight, and explores the frozen north as a Mountie. Young Backyardigans fans will love this cuddly hand puppet, made from high-quality soft plush and packaged in a reseal-able polybag. Safety-tested for all ages.

    Pablo el artista (Kitamura Satoshi) - En el Club de Arte de la calle Pezuña tendrá lugar una exposición. Los animales artistas expondrán sus mejores pinturas, por lo que todos trabajan afanosamente para lograr la más bella. Sin embargo, Pablo el elefante no sabe qué plasmar en su lienzo: sufre el típico bloqueo del creador. Alguien le sugiere intentar con un paisaje. En el campo comienza a pintar pero decide tomar una siesta. Esto lo llevará a la obra maestra de sus sueños. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pablo Goes Hunting (Hannah Giffard) - Fox cubs Pablo, Poppy, and Pumpkin are hungry and can't wait for Red Fox and Rose to come back with supper. They sneak out of the den, watched by Gil Gull. They try fishing in the canal, but they end up soaked, so they head for the market instead. There they see more food than they've ever seen before - but also some nasty dogs. Just when Pablo thinks he has supper and a hiding place, he finds himself soaring up into the night, while Poppy and Pumpkin look on helplessly. Will Pablo, or for that matter Poppy and Pumpkin, return safely to their den? Bold visuals and appealing text make this a charming adventure for young readers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pablo Meets the Neighbours (Keith Tutt) - Those adorable fox cubs — Pablo, Poppy, and Pumpkin — are back for another adventure. Pablo (who has appeared on the Disney Channel) likes the look of the big house at the end of the garden where Finbar the cat lives, so he and Pumpkin decide to find out what it's like inside. As they roam around exploring they leave a trail of chaos behind them, and the sudden return of Finbar's owners spells not only trouble for Pablo — but a sooty change of identity too! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Monica Brown) - Once there was a little boy named Neftalí who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly. From the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself with words. Neftalí discovered the magic between the pages of books. When he was sixteen, he began publishing his poems as Pablo Neruda. Pablo wrote poems about the things he loved—things made by his friends in the café, things found at the marketplace, and things he saw in nature. He wrote about the people of Chile and their stories of struggle. Because above all things and above all words, Pablo Neruda loved people. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules (True Kelley) - Simon Packard didn't always want to do his artist report on Pablo Picasso, but after his twin brother Stephen does a report on Monet - Simon's favorite artist - Simon chooses Picasso by default! Throughout, there are reproductions of Pablo Picasso's masterpieces as well as Simon's own drawings, and wonderful nuggets of info that will appeal to kids. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Pablo's Tree (Pat Mora) - In a heartwarming intergenerational story, Pablo cannot wait to visit his grandfather and discover what treasures will be placed on his tree, a tree that was purchased when Pablo was adopted and that, each year, is decorated with special surprises. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Who Was Pablo Picasso? (True Kelley) - Over a long, turbulent life, Picasso continually discovered new ways of seeing the world and translating it into art. A restless genius, he went through a blue period, a rose period, and a Cubist phase. He made collages, sculptures out of everyday objects, and beautiful ceramic plates. True Kelley's engaging biography is a wonderful introduction to modern art. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Pablo

    Famous People Named Pablo

    Famous People Named Pablo - Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist); Pablo Neruda (Chilean poet); Pablo Sandoval (baseball player); Pablo Escobar (infamous Colombian drug lord); Pablo Casals (cello virtuoso); Pablo Cuevas (tennis player); Pablo Francisco (comic); Pablo Hernández Domínguez (soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Pablo

    Children of Famous People Named Pablo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Pablo - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Pablo.

Personality of the Boy Name Pablo

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Pablo

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