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Updated January 11, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Native American : Water

Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : topographic name from pala ‘upland meadow’.
  • Catalan : generally a habitational name from a place called Palà, in Barcelona province.
  • Catalan : possibly a metonymic occupational from pala ‘shovel’ (Latin pala).
  • Polish (also Pała) : from a vernacular form of the personal name Paweł, Polish form of Paul.
  • Czech : nickname for an obstinate person, from Moravian dialect pala ‘head’.
  • Hawaian : unexplained.

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