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What does Paulina mean?

Paulina [pau-li-na] as a girls' name is pronounced pawl-EEN-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Paulina is "small".

A feminine diminutive form of Paul in use for nearly 2000 years. The name came into use among English-speaking countries in the 19th century. Model Paulina Porizkova.

Associated with: small (little), 19th century.


Paulina has 7 variants: Paolina, Pauleen, Paulene, Pauline, Paulyne, Pavlina and Polline.

Affiliated girl name: Paula.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Palina, Paulipa, ..

(male) Paulila, Paulipe, ..

How popular is Paulina?

Paulina is a very popular first name for females (#1215 out of 4276, Top 28%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#80812 out of 150436, Top 54%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Paulina for girls. Paulina reached its highest rank of #366 in the U.S. in 2002, and is at #953 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paulina name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Paulina outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Paulina and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Paulina (#953 from current records) listed in the Top 2000 are Paul, Paula (#990 from current records), Paulene and Pauline. These forms of Paulina were favored by parents a century ago (average #869) and are now significantly less common, with versions such as Paulina becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Paulina, Paul, Paula, Paulene, Pauline in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Paulina outside U.S.

Similar Names


Paulina is pronounced similarly to Polina. Other recommended names are Calina, Carlina, Catlina, Cauline, Dahlina, Dalina, Dallina, Darlina, Earlina, Galina, Halina, Julina, Kalina, Karlina, Laurina, Malina, Mallina, Marlina, Palila, Pallma (see Palma), Palloma, Palma, Paloma, Pamelina, Pamina, Pathina, Patrina, Pauli, Paulie, Paulita, Paulla, Philana, Philena, Philina, Phillina, Raelina, Raylina, Salina, Talina, Taurina and Valina. These names tend to be less frequently used than Paulina.