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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.


Carolyn has 7 variants: Carolien, Carolynn, Caroyln, Carrie, Carylon, Karolyn and Karolynn.

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)

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

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

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)

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karolyn, Lyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Carolyn is alike in pronunciation to Coralyn. Other recommended similar baby names are Charalyn, Charelyn, Charilyn, Charlyn and Darolyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carolyn.