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PronouncedPron.pow-LEE-no Spanish

Meaning & History

Spanish and Portuguese form of the Roman family name Paulinus, which was itself derived from Paulus (see PAUL). Saint Paulinus of Nola was a 5th-century nobleman from Gaul who gave up his wealthy lifestyle and became bishop of Nola. He was also noted for his poetry. Another saint by this name was a 7th-century missionary to England who became the first bishop of York.
Feminine FormsPaulina Spanish Paulina Portuguese
Other Languages & CulturesPaulinus Ancient Roman Paolino Italian


Saint Paulinus of Nola (detail) by Tomaso de Rocio (1767)Saint Paulinus of Nola (detail) by Tomaso de Rocio (1767)
Entry updated July 1, 2008   Contribute