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What does Caroline mean?

Caroline /car-o-li-ne/ as a girls' 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 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. See also Cara, Charlotte, and Karol. Princess Caroline of Monaco; fashion designers Carolina Herrera, Carolyne Roehm; First Daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg; comedienne Caroline Rhea.

Associated with: england, 17th century, aristocratic (noble), princess


Caroline has 104 variants: 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, Caroll, Carollyn, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, 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, Sharkeen, Sharla, Sharlena, Sharlene, Sharline and Sharlyne.

Related girl names: Carey, Charlesetta and Charmaine.

Caroline has 14 more different relations via Cara, Carolina, Charlotte, Karol: Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Carina, Carine, Carlie, Carolena, Charlaine, Charlie, Charmaine, Karine, Karline, Karlyne and Karole.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Corline, Coroline, ..

(male) Carolice, Carolile, ..

How popular is Caroline?

Caroline is a very popular first name for females (#248 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#48109 out of 150436, Top 32%). (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 Caroline for girls. Caroline reached its top rank of #58 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Charlotte (#10 from current records), Callie (#186), Charlie (#229), Carly (#357), Carolina (#407), Karla (#504), Cara (#672), Carolyn (#742), Lina (#767), Carla (#864), Karlie (#885), Carlie (#966), Carina (#1019), Carley (#1087), Leena (#1241), Karli (#1252), Charlene (#1432), Carol (#1491), Carrie (#1492), Karolina (#1593), Karoline (#1895), Charline, Charlesetta, Sharlene, Charlyne, Sharla, Ina, Karlene, Charles, Karleen, Karolyn, Karol, Karole, Charmaine, Carri, Carlota, Carlotta, Carlyn, Caro, Carline, Carlene, Carey, Cari, Carleen, Carola, Carolann, Carolynne, Carry, Cary, Charla, Carolynn, Carolyne, Carole, Carolin, Caroll and Charleen are the prominent related forms of Caroline (#58 from current records) ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Caralee, are uncommon. These relations of Caroline were popular as birth names 74 years ago (adoption of 6%) and are now significantly less widespread (adoption 1.5%, down 74%), with versions like Charmaine falling out of fashion. The most trendy names for newborns here are Charlotte, Caroline, Charlie, Callie and Karlie.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caroline, Callie, Cara, Carey, Cari in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carina, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlyn, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carole, Carolin, Carolina, 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 Carry, Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charlene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charles, Charlesetta, Charlie, Charline, Charlotte in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlyne, Charmaine, Ina, Karla, Karleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karole in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karolina, Karoline, Karolyn, Leena, Lina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sharla, Sharlene in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


Caroline is alike in pronunciation to Carolien, Carylon, Coralin, Coraline, Coralline and Coralyne. Other recommended names are Appoline, Cailene, Cailie, Cailin, Caitlinn, Caitlyne, Calie, Calina, Capucine, Carilis, Carlana, Carlena, Carlenna (see Carlene), Carli, Carling, Carlise, Carlonda, Carlyse, Carmina, Carmine, Carolinda, Caroly, Caron, Caronne, Carrin, Caryle, Catalin, Catalina, Cataline, Cateline, Cathlene, Celine, Charalyn, Charalynne (see Cherilyn), Charilynn (see Cherilyn), Charleene, Charlien, Charlina, Charlyn, Chorine, Coralina, Corine, Corlene, Darlene, Darlina, Darlyne, Darylene, Daryline, Erline, Gayline, Haroldene, Haroldina, Harolyn, Jaculine, Jaline, Jarmaine, Karalie, Katline, Laralaine, Larine, Marceline, Marjolaine, Marlene, Marlina, Marlyne, Nataline, Pauline, Pearline and Rayline. These names tend to be less frequently used than Caroline.