First name origin & meaning:

Native American: Water

Last name origins & meanings:

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