What does Carolyn mean?
Carolyn \c(a)-rol-yn, car(o)-lyn\ as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-a-line, KARE-a-lin. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carolyn is "free man". A 19th-century name which is either a variant of Caroline, or a blend of Carol and Lyn.
For more information, see also the related girl name Harolyn.
Carolyn▼ has 38 more different forms via Carol, Caroline, Lyn: Caralin, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Carely, Carilyn, Carlan, Carlen, Carlin, Carllen, Carly▲, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carol▼, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carole▼, Carolee▼, Carolein, Carolena, Carolin, Carolina▲, Caroline▲, Caroll, Carollyn, Caroly, Carolyne, Carolynne, Carrolyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karolin, Karolyna and Karolyne.
Carolyn is a very prominent first name for women (#42 out of 4276, Top 1%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Carolyn for girls. Carolyn reached its top position of #12 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #742. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Carolyn and associated names. Caroline (#58 in 2014), Carly (#357), Carolina (#407), Carrie, Karolyn, Lyn, Carolynn, Carole, Carolann, Carol and Carolee are the popular variation forms of Carolyn (#742 in 2014). Adoption of this girl name reached its highest during 1940-1949 and has become significantly lower since, with forms like Carolyn, Carrie, Lyn, Carolee and Carole falling out of fashion. Caroline (#58), Carolina (#407) and Carly (#357) are three of the more trendy girl names here. There is a rebound in baby name popularity for Carolina and Caroline. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)