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.
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).
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).