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PronouncedPron.pow-LEE-no Spanish
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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

Images

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