The Sweet Meaning Behind Vin Diesel's Baby Name Choice

Vin Diesel and his longtime girlfriend Paloma Jiménez welcomed their third child recently, and they picked a baby name with a lot of meaning to them: Pauline, in honor of Vin's late Fast and the Furious co-star Paul Walker. In fact, he revealed why he picked the name on the Today show: "He was in the room [when she was born]. There's no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just ... knew he was there," he said. "It felt like a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world."

While its male counterpart Paul has consistently been in the top 200, Pauline made its biggest splash in the 1910s through 1920s, and fell off the charts before the start of the 21st century. It means "small," and has a slew of historic cred, at least on the male side of things—we're talking saints, popes, artists, and a Beatle. It seems like a name that could be destined for a comeback, given the recent resurgence in popularity of baby names from that era (we're talking Adeline and Clara, for instance), and its classic vibe.

Pauline matches nicely with the other vintage names picked for her siblings: Vincent, a top 100 pick which means "conquering," and Hania, an offbeat variation on Hannah, which means "grace."

Tell us: Have you named your baby after a loved one? And do you think Pauline is ready to make its comeback as a girls' name?

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