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Carolyn

What does Carolyn mean?

Carolyn Pronunciation of Carolyn [car-olyn] 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.

Associated with: 19th century, blend.

Variations

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

Related girl name: Harolyn.

Carolyn has 75 more different relations via Carol, Caroline, Lyn: Caraleen, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Carel, Carely, Carey, Carileen, Carilena, Carilis, Carilyn, Carilynne, Carla, Carlan, Carleen, Carlein, Carlen, Carlene, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carllen, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Carole, Carolee, Carolein, Carolena, Caroliana, Carolin, Carolina, Carolinda, Caroline, Caroll, Carollyn, Caroly, Carolyne, Carolynne, Carrol, Carrola, Carroll, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charlyne, Cherlyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karlen, Karol, Karole, Karolin, Karolina, Karoline, Karolyna, Karolyne and Karolynne.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Caolyn, Cleolyn, ..

(male) Carby, Carcol, ..

How popular is Carolyn?

Carolyn is a very prominent first name for women (#42 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#109915 out of 150436, Top 73%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Presented below is the birth name history of Carolyn for girls. Carolyn reached its top position of #12 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #752. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Caroline (#62 in 2015), Carly (#389), Carolina (#430), Carla (#873), Carley (#1106), Karoline (#1605), Carrie (#1680), Karolina (#1712), Carol (#1768), Carrol, Cary, Caryl, Carry, Carroll, Cherlyn, Karolyn, Lyn, Karole, Karol, Charlyne, Carylon, Carolynn, Carola, Carolann, Caro, Carlyn, Carline, Carlene, Carole, Carolee, Carey, Carolyne, Caroll, Carleen, Carolin and Carolynne are the popular variation forms of Carolyn (#752 in 2015). Other variants, like Carrolyn, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Carolyn was common among parents 75 years ago (average #1096) and has become significantly lower since (#1739, down 91.5%), with forms like Carole falling out of fashion. Caroline is the most trendy girl name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolyn, Carey, Carla, Carleen, Carlene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carley, Carline, Carly, Carlyn, Caro in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carolee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolin, Carolina, Caroline, Caroll, Carolyne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolynn, Carolynne, Carrie, Carrol, Carroll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carry, Cary, Caryl, Carylon, Charlyne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cherlyn, Karol, Karole, Karolina, Karoline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karolyn, Lyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Carolyn is alike in pronunciation to Coralin, Coralyn, Coralyne, Karalynn and Kerilyn. Other recommended names are Caelyn, Cailyn, Caitlyn, Calyn, Carlana, Carlena, Carling, Carlye, Caron, Caronn (see Karen), Carryn, Caryn, Catelyn, Catlyn, Caylyn, Charalin (see Cherilyn), Charalyn, Charelin (see Cherilyn), Charelyn, Charelynn (see Cherilyn), Charilyn, Charilynn (see Cherilyn), Charlyn, Charlynn, Cheralyn, Cherilyn, Cherylyn, Darlyn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Jacolyn, Karlyn, Laralyn, Maralyn, Marelyn, Marilyn, Marlyn, Marylyn, Saralyn, Sharolyn and Taralyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carolyn.

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