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What does Caroline mean?

Caroline \c(a)-roli-ne, car(o)-line\ 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 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 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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Carey, Charlesetta and Charmaine.

Caroline has 26 more different forms via Cara, Carolina, Charlotte, Karol: Caralea, Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Carina, Carine, Carlie, Carolena, Charlaine, Charle, Charlie, Charlita, Charlsie, Charmain, Charmaine, Charolett, Charolette, Karalee, Karina, Karine, Karlika, Karline, Karlyne, Karole, Karrie and Sharlaine.


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

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Caroline for girls. Caroline reached its top rank of #58 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Caroline and related names. Charlotte (#10 the previous year), Callie (#186), Charlie (#229), Carly (#357), Carolina (#407), Karina (#429), Karla (#504), Cara (#672), Carolyn (#742), Lina (#767), Carla (#864), Karlie (#885), Carlie (#966), Charolette, Charline, Charmaine, Ina, Karli, Sharla, Sharlene, Karrie, Karolyn, Karol, Karlene, Cary, Carlene, Carley, Carlotta, Carleen, Carina, Carey, Cari, Carol, Carolann, Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Carrie, Carri, Carole, Carolynn and Charles are the prominent related forms of Caroline (#58 the previous year). This girl name was at the apex of its popularity during 1940-1949 and is now significantly less widespread, with versions like Carley, Carlie, Cara, Carla and Carina falling out of fashion. The most trendy names for newborns here are Charlie (#229), Callie (#186), Charlotte (#10), Caroline (#58) and Carolina (#407), with Callie, Carolina, Caroline, Charlie and Charlotte having a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carrie, Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charles, Charlie, Charline, Charlotte, Charmaine in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charolette, Ina, Karina, Karla, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karolyn, Karrie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lina, Sharla, Sharlene in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Caroline is alike in pronunciation to Carolien and Coraline. Other recommended similar baby names are Carling and Carolinda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Caroline.