French, feminine variation of Paul

Pauline Origin and Meaning

The name Pauline is a girl's name of French origin meaning "small".

Pauline had its moment of glory almost a century ago, when movie audiences were thrilling to the silent serial The Perils of Pauline; it's a sweet and gentle name that just might be due for reconsideration. Off the list since the late 1990s, Pauline was a Top 50 name from around 1908 to 1930.

Pauline was the name of Napoleon Buonaparte's favorite sister, and in literature there is a Pauline in Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale and in Sir Walter Scott's The Fortunes of Nigel.

Vin Diesel chose this name for his daughter in a poignant tribute to his late friend and costar, Paul Walker Other feminine variations of Paul are Paula, Paulette, Paulina and Paolina.

# 975 in the US

Pauline Rank in US Top 1000

# 1662 on Nameberry

Pauline Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Pauline Popularity

Famous People Named Pauline

  • Pauline Esther "Popo" Phillips aka Abigail van BurenAmerican advice columnist of "Dear Abby"
  • Pauline CushmanAmerican actress
  • Pauline BetzAmerican tennis player
  • Pauline FrederickAmerican actress
  • Pauline HopkinsAmerican novelist and playwright
  • Pauline MaroisCanadian politician; Premier of Quebec
  • Pauline KaelAmerican film critic
  • Pauline ParmentierFrench tennis player
  • Pauline Christine Wilhelmine of AnhaltBernburg, Princess consort of Lippe
  • Pauline Clementine Marie Walburga Sa¡ndor de SzlavniczaPrincess of Metternich,Winneburg zu Beilstein, Hungarian arts patron
  • Pauline ViardotFrench musician
  • Pauline McLynnIrish actress, comedienne and author
  • Pauline Bonaparte (born Maria Paola Buonaparte)Duchess of Guastalla, younger sister of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Pauline CollinsEnglish actress
  • Pauline Perpetua QuirkeEnglish actress
  • Pauline ReageFrench erotic novelist
  • Pauline Lee HansonAustralian senator
  • Pauline ScanlonIrish singer of group Lumiere
  • Pauline Grace Maguy Ducreut (b. 1994)daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco
  • Grace Pauline Kelley (b. 1996)daughter of singer Wynonna Judd and Arch Kelley
  • Pauline Sinclair (b. 2015)daughter of actor Vin Diesel
  • Adeline Pauline Zamprogna (b. 2015)daughter of actor Dominic Zamprogna

Pauline in Pop Culture

  • Pauline Breedlovecharacter in Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"
  • Pauline Fossila character in the novel/film "Ballet Shoes"
  • Paulinecharacter from British TV series "The Paradise"
  • Pauline MoleAdrian's mother in the Adrian Mole series
  • Paulinecharacter in "St. Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • Pauline Wancharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • Pauline Aspircharacter in “The Sims 2” computer game