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Gender: Female Meaning of Pauline: "small" Origin of Pauline: French, feminine variation of Paul

The name Pauline is a girl's name of French origin meaning "small". Pauline and is often added to lists like Unique Celebrity Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Six Kids - Take Three, Leave Three".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Pauline

Pauline Esther "Popo" Phillips aka Abigail van Buren, American advice columnist of "Dear Abby"
Pauline Cushman, American actress
Pauline Betz, American tennis player
Pauline Frederick, American actress
Pauline Hopkins, American novelist and playwright
Pauline Marois, Canadian politician; Premier of Quebec
Pauline Christine Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Bernburg, Princess consort of Lippe
Pauline Clementine, Princess of Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein (born Pauline Clementine Marie Walburga Sa¡ndor de Szlavnicza), Hungarian arts patron
Pauline Viardot, French musician
Pauline McLynn, Irish actress, comedienne and author
Pauline Bonaparte, younger sister of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
Pauline Collins, English actress
Pauline Perpetua Quirke, English actress
Pauline Reage, French erotic novelist
Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
Pauline Scanlon, Irish 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

Pop Culture References for the name Pauline

Pauline Breedlove, character in Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"
Pauline Fossil, a character in the novel/film "Ballet Shoes"
Pauline, character from British TV series "The Paradise"
Pauline Mole, Adrian's mother in the Adrian Mole series
Pauline, character in "St. Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Pauline Wan, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Pauline Aspir, character in “The Sims 2” computer game

Polline, Paulyne, Pauleen, Paulene


dixiegirl02 Says:


This is my daughter's middle name. It is in honor of my husband's grandmother. It may be old-fashioned, but I do prefer it to all the filler middle names most people use like Marie, Nicole, Anne, Leigh, Lynn, Grace etc

paulapuddephatt Says:


My name is Paula, so have been mistaken for a Pauline many times, over the years. Not a huge fan of either name, but guess there are worse names out there.

Liberty_Bell Says:


Really cute, I'd love to see this on a little girl.

Eva Thyssen Says:


I really like Pauline.

AriellaBar Says:


Small is a literal interpretation. It means "humble." I think it's a great meaning.