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.
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 also a very popular surname for all people (#48109 out of 150436, Top 32%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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) ranked in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.31%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.161%, down 48.1%), 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), and there is a revival in birth name usage for Callie, Carolina, Caroline, Charlie and Charlotte. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Caroline and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)