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Meaning and name origin

Caroline \c(a)-roli-ne, car(o)-line\ as a girl's name is pronounced KARE-a-line, KARE-a-lin. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Caroline is "free man". From the French form of Latin or Italian Carolina, a feminine derivative of Carolus (see Charles). A stately diminutive with royal connotations, brought to England by George II's queen in the 17th century. The name has a formal, aristocratic, old-fashioned aura. Carolan is an Irish surname. See also Cara, Charlotte, and Karol. Princess Caroline of Monaco; fashion designers Carolina Herrera, Carolyne Roehm; First Daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg; comedienne Caroline Rhea.


Caroline has 104 variant forms: Caddy, Callie, Caraleen, Caraleena, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Cari, Carileen, Carilena, Carilyn, Carilynne, Carla, Carlan, Carleen, Carleena, Carlein, Carlen, Carlene, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carlinda, Carline, Carlita, Carllen, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Carole, Carolein, Caroliana, Carolin, Carolina, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Caroll, Carollyn, Carri, Carrie, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charleena, Charlena, Charlene, Charline, Charlyne, Ina, Karaleen, Karaleena, Karalina, Karaline, Karalyn, Karalynna, Karalynne, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karla, Karleen, Karlein, Karlen, Karlena, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karlinka, Karolin, Karolina, Karoline, Karolinka, Karolyn, Karolyna, Karolyne, Karolynn, Karolynne, Leena, Lina, Roline, Sharla, Sharkeen, Sharlena, Sharlene, Sharline and Sharlyne.

For more information, see also related girl names Carey, Charlesetta and Charmaine.


Caroline is a very popular first name for females (#248 out of 4276, Top 6%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#87002 out of 88799, Top 98%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Caroline for girls. Caroline reached its highest rank of #58 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Caroline name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Caroline and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charlotte (#10), Caroline (#58), Callie (#186), Carly (#357), Carolina (#407), Karla (#504), Cara (#672), Carolyn (#742), Lina (#767), Carla (#864), Karlie (#885), Charles, Charline, Charmaine, Ina, Karli, Sharla, Sharlene, Karolyn, Karol, Charlene, Karlene, Carrie, Carley, Carlotta, Carlene, Carleen, Carey, Cari, Carol, Carolann, Cary, Charla, Carri, Carolynn, Carole and Charleen. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Callie, Cara, Carey, Cari, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carlotta, Carly in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carolann, Carole, Carolina, Caroline, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie, Cary in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charles, Charline, Charlotte, Charmaine, Ina, Karla, Karlene in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karolyn, Lina, Sharla, Sharlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Callie, Cara, Carla, Carley, Carly outside U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charlene, Charlotte, Charmaine, Karla, Karli outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Karlie, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Caroline is also pronounced similarly to Carolien and Coraline. Other suggested similar baby names are Carling, Carolena and Carolinda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Caroline.