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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.
Caroline is a very popular first name for females (#248 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#87002 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Caroline for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Caroline and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Callie, Cara, Carey, Cari, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carlotta, Carly, Carol, Carolann, Carole, Carolina, Caroline, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie, Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charles, Charline, Charlotte, Charmaine, Ina, Karla, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karolyn, Lina, Sharla and Sharlene. (2015 statistics).
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