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Carolyn 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.Carolyn has 7 variant forms: Carolien, Carolynn, Caroyln, Carrie, Carylon, Karolyn and Karolynn.
For more information, see also the related name Harolyn. Baby names that sound like Carolyn are Caralyn, Carlyn, Carrolyn, Carolynn, Carolin, Karolyn, Carollyn, Carolyne, Carolan and Carilyn.
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Popularity of Carolyn
Carolyn is a very popular first name for women (#42 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (1990 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Carolyn for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Carolyn with its variant forms and related girl baby names.