Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be Paulas [SLIDESHOW]

The name Paula is quite clearly cursed in some, terrible, wretched way. The Daily Caller has not been able to determine exactly how the hex operates. The origin of the curse on the Latin name, which means “small,” is also not entirely clear.

Only one thing is certain about the 725th-most popular girls name as of 2012, really: don’t foist it on any of your kids. Check out this handy slideshow to see why.

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  • In 1986, 15-year-old <strong>Paula Cooper</strong> received a death sentence for the murder and torture of 78-year-old Ruth Pelke. Cooper stabbed the elderly Bible school teacher 33 times with a butcher knife. She then stole $10 and Pelke's car. In 1989, the sentence was commuted to 60 years in prison. Last month, Cooper, now 43, was released. She is now a free woman. (Photo: Lake County Police Department via The Indianapolis Star)
  • Adorable comedic actress <strong>Paula Prentiss</strong> starred in several solid flicks in the 1960s and has had a pretty good life. In 1965, though, she suffered a nervous breakdown in Paris while filming "What's New, Pussycat." She was cast as a neurotic American in the Woody Allen-penned film. The issue kept her out of films for five the next five years. (Photo: Getty Images/Silverscreen Collection)
  • Comedienne <strong>Paula Poundstone</strong> has worked the stand-up circuit diligently since the 1980s and had a number of television specials. In 2001, Poundstone was charged with drunk driving while her foster children were in her car. She was also charged with committing some lewd act on an unidentified girl under the age of 14. After pleading "no contest," she was sentenced to five years of probation and a half-year stint in alcohol rehab. She later received full custody of her foster kids. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • In 2010, the horrifically charred body of exotic dancer and Playboy model <strong>Paula Sladewski</strong> was found in a North Miami dumpster. On the night of her murder, Sladewski, 26, had gone clubbing with her boyfriend. They had gotten in a fight. He left; she stayed, and was later seen leaving with an unidentified man. The crime remains unsolved. (Photo: Explore Talent)
  • <strong>Paula Broadwell</strong> co-authored a book called "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus." She also had an extramarital affair with the subject of her book that triggered the decorated general's resignation from his job as CIA director. The FBI discovered the affair in the process of investigating threatening emails that Broadwell allegedly sent to a socialite named Jill Kelley. Broadwell seems to have worried that Kelley was starting her own affair with Petraeus. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Former Vogue model and straight-to-video actress <strong>Paula Barbieri</strong> was the last girlfriend of O. J. Simpson before the murder of Nicole Simpson and was with him earlier in the night before the murder. She allegedly visited Simpson while he was in jail and believed that he was innocent. The couple had a falling out in 1995. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Former Arkansas state employee <strong>Paula Jones</strong> sued U.S. President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, claiming that, in 1991, she was escorted to then-Gov. Clinton's hotel room where he propositioned her and exposed his specially-shaped penis to her. The 1994 lawsuit was settled in 1998 for $850,000, most of which went to legal fees. Jones ended up divorced. She also posed nude for Penthouse magazine. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • For a long time, celebrity TV chef <strong>Paula Deen</strong> appeared to have escaped the dreaded Curse of Paula. Just as surely as obscene amounts of fat, salt, and sugar won't flatter your figure, though, the hex caught up to Deen. In 2012, she announced that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In June 2013, the National Enquirer reported that Deen admitted in a deposition that she has used the "N-word" in her life, which devastated her reputation and her Southern-food empire. (Getty Images/Noel Vasquez)