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Origin: France
Region Origin: Western Europe

Pauline is a girl's name with French origins, meaning "small". It is derived from the French form of Paulina, which is a female version of Paulinus, a variant of Paulus, all of which mean "small," "humble," or "little". The name Pauline has been popular in various cultures, including France during the 20th century and as the name of Napoleon Bonaparte's favorite sister. Additionally, the character Pauline is featured in the Shakespeare play, A Winter's Tale, where she is a noblewoman of Sicily known for her fierce defense of Hermione's virtue.

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