What does Carolyn mean?
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.
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.Creative forms:
(female) Caolyn, Cleolyn, ..
(male) Carby, Carcol, .. Middle name pairings:
Carolyn Maelyn (C.M.), ..
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)
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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.