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What does Carolina mean?

Carolina /car-oli-na/ as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-a-LYE-nah. It is of Latin, Italian and Old German origin, and the meaning of Carolina is "free man". Feminine derivative of Carolus (see Charles).

Affiliated girl names: Caroline and Carol.


Kreatif forms:
(female) Carolita, Casolina, ..

(male) Carolian, Carolion, ..

How popular is Carolina?

Carolina is a very popular first name for women (#595 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#25329 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Carolina for girls. Carolina reached its peak rank of #254 in the U.S. in the year 2004, and is presently at #407. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the history of the girl name Carolina and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Carolina (#407 from recent data) are Caroline (#58 from recent data), Carol (#1491) and Charles. Usage of these forms of Carolina reached its highest 7 decades ago (median #398) and has become significantly diminished since (#989, 88%). Caroline has generally been preferred by parents, while versions such as Charles are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolina, Carol, Caroline, Charles in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Carolina is pronounced similarly to Caraleena, Carilena, Carolena, Caroliana, Coralena, Coralina, Corallina, Karalina, Karolina and Karolyna. Other recommended names are Arlina, Cabalina, Cacelia, Caetlin, Caitlinn, Calida, Callia, Callida, Caraleen (see Caroline), Caralyne, Caralynn, Careena, Carin, Carina, Carita, Carlen, Carlena, Carlenna (see Carlene), Carleta, Carlinda, Carlise, Carllen, Carlyne, Carmelina, Carmin, Carna, Carolan, Carolee, Carolien, Carollyn, Carolyn, Caroyln, Carrisa, Cathline, Catina, Catlina, Cauline, Caylia, Cerrina, Charalyn, Charline, Charlyn, Cheryline, Coralyn, Corona, Darline, Daryline, Earldina (see Earla), Earlina, Erlina, Galina, Halina, Irelina, Jakobina, Karmina, Karolinka, Karolyne, Madelina, Marsalina, Merlina, Nerolia (see Nerola), Paolina, Sharlina, Solina and Tarina. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carolina.