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What does Carlyn mean?

Carlyn Pronunciation of Carlyn [car-lyn] as a name for girls is an Old German name, and the name Carlyn means "free man". Carlyn is a version of Carla (Old German). Carlyn is also a form of Carlene (Old German). Carlyn is also used as a form of Carol (Old German) and Caroline (Old German).


Carlyn has 17 variants: Carlan, Carleen, Carlein, Carlen, Carlin, Carline, Carllen, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Karleen, Karlein, Karlen, Karlene, Karlin, Karlyn and Karlynn.

97 more different relations via Carla, Carlene, Carol, Caroline: Caddy, Callie, Caraleen, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Carel, Carely, Carey, Cari, Cariel, Carileen, Carilena, Carilis, Carilyn, Carilynne, Carlaena, Carlah, Carlana, Carle, Carleah, Carlee, Carleena, Carlena, Carlenna, Carleta, Carley, Carli, Carlia, Carlie, Carlina, Carlinda, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlita, Carlla, Carlonda, Carlota, Carly, Carlyjo, Carlyna, Carlyse, Caro, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carole, Carolee, Carolein, Carolena, Carolin, Carolina, Caroll, Carollyn, Caroly, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charleen, Charlena, Charlene, Charline, Charlyne, Charyl, Cherlyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karla, Karlena, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karlla, Karolin, Karolyn, Karolyna, Karolyne, Karolynn, Karryl, Karyl and Sharlyne.

Creative forms:
(female) Nalyn, ..

(male) Carby, Carcon, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carlyn Elodie (C.E.), ..

How popular is Carlyn?

Carlyn is a very popular first name for women (#2018 out of 4276, Top 47%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Carlyn was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top rank of #1197 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Caroline (#62 last year), Callie (#196), Carly (#389), Carolina (#430), Karla (#510), Carolyn (#752), Carlee (#768), Karlie (#815), Carla (#873), Carlie (#1047), Carley (#1106), Karli (#1292), Carli (#1521), Charlene (#1532), Carrie (#1680), Carol (#1768), Carrol, Caryl, Carry, Cary, Cherlyn, Karlene, Karolyn, Karyl, Karleen, Charlyne, Charleen, Charline, Charla, Caroll, Carline, Carlota, Carlene, Carleen, Carey, Cari, Caro, Carola, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carolin, Carolee, Carolann, Carole and Carri are the popular related forms of Carlyn. Other variants, like Carileen, are seldom used. These forms of Carlyn were favored as birth names during the years 1940-1949 (average #1154) and are now much less widespread (#1632, 88.4%), with forms like Karla falling out of fashion. Caroline, Callie, Carlee and Karlie are four of the more chic girl names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlyn, Callie, Carey, Cari, Carla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlee, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlie, Carline, Carlota, Carly, Caro in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carolee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolin, Carolina, Caroline, Caroll, Carolyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri, Carrie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carrol, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Charla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charleen, Charlene, Charline, Charlyne, Cherlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karla, Karleen, Karlene, Karli, Karlie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karolyn, Karyl in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla, Carly, Carolina, Caroline outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carlyn is pronounced similarly to Corlene, Karline and Karlyne. Other recommended names are Caelan, Cailen, Cailin, Cailynn, Caitlyn, Calen, Calin, Cally, Calyn, Camryn, Carden, Cardin, Careen, Carin, Carlye, Carman, Carmin, Carmon, Carmy, Carmyna, Caroyln, Carryn, Carson, Carylon, Caryn, Carynn, Carys, Caylen, Caylyn, Charalin (see Cherilyn), Charelyn, Charelynn (see Cherilyn), Charlayne, Charlien, Charlyn, Cheralyn, Cherylyn, Coralin, Coralyn, Coralyne (see Coral), Coryn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Daryn, Fallyn, Faryn, Harolyn, Jaclyn, Jaelyn, Jaslyn, Jazlyn, Kaelyn, Kailyn, Kalyn, Kamlyn, Karryn, Madlyn, Marelyn, Marlin, Marlyn, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marlys, Marylyn, Maryn, Raelyn, Saralyn, Sharlyn, Taralyn, Taryn, Taylyn and Valyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carlyn.

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