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Gender: Female Meaning of Paulina: "small" Origin of Paulina: Spanish, feminine variation of Paul Paulina's Popularity in 2017: #875

The name Paulina is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "small". Paulina is ranked #875 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Shakespeare Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Alphabetical This or That".

From the experts:

More stylish than either Paula or Pauline, it was given a glamour gloss by model Paulina Porizkova in the nineties.

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Famous People Named Paulina

Paulina Susana Rubio (Dosamantes), Mexican pop singer
Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis, American abolitionist, suffragist, and educator
Paulina Mary Jean Gretzky, American model and singer, Daughter of Wayne Gretzky
Paulina Porizkova, Czech-American supermodel
Paulina Lavista, Mexican photographer
Paulina Nangula April Malulu, Namibian beauty queen
Paulina Vega (Dieppa), Miss Colombia 2013
Paulina Longworth, daughter of Alice Roosevelt Longworth; granddaughter of President Theodore Roosevelt
Paulina Peña, daughter of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Paulina Sophia Piazza (b. 2009), daughter of baseball catcher Mike Piazza
Paulina Kathleen Myers (b. 2015), daughter of actor Mike Myers
Paulina Barea Ortiz (b. 2016), daughter of former Miss Puerto Rico Viviana Ortiz and basketball player JJ Barea

Pop Culture References for the name Paulina

Paulina Home de Bassompierre, character in Charlotte Bronte's "Villette"
Paulina Sanchez, character in animated series "Danny Phantom"
Paulina "Lina" Zander, character in "Ouija"

Paulinia, Paulena, Pauleena

Paulina's International Variations

Paolina (Italian)


helicoptero Says:


In Spanish this is pronounced like pow-LEE-na. In Chicago this is a street name pronounced Paul-EYE-na... not so cute.

Michaela Says:


One day I'll incorporate this into one of my future daughter's names (hopefully) to honor my late grandmother Pauline.

AriellaBar Says:


A lovely-to-say, international name. The origin and meaning from behind the name: "From the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin." I like nicknames Polly and Lina.

Dude Says:


Paulina is such a gorgeous name.

Guest Says:


On the one hand I think this name is very pretty then on the other hand I think it's clunky.

MaryKathryn Says:


This is my best friend's name! I used to think it was so weird, but I've grown to love it. I adore her and I'm probably going to use this name as a middle name.