Gender: Female Meaning of Pauline: "small" Origin of Pauline: 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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Pauline

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.