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Meaning and name origin
Carolyn \c(a)-rol-yn, car(o)-lyn\ as a girl's 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 is also pronounced similarly to Caralin, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Carilyn, Carolan, Carolann, Carolein, Carolin, Carollyn, Carolyne, Carolynne, Carrolyn, Coralyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karolin and Karolyne. Other suggested similar baby names are Carlan, Carlen, Carlin, Carllen, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carolena, Carolina, Caroly, Charalyn, Charelyn, Charilyn, Charlyn and Darolyn.
Carolyn is a very popular first name for females (#42 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Carolyn name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Carolyn with its variant forms and related girl baby names.
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