Meaning and name origin
Colleen \c(ol)-leen\ as a girl's name is pronounced kah-LEEN. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Colleen is "girl, wench". From "cailín". Sometimes used as a feminine of Colin or variant of Colette. See also Cailin. The name has been associated with silent screen celebrity Colleen Moore (1901-88). Actress Colleen Dewhurst; writer Colleen McCullough.
For more information, see also the related girl name Kalina.
Colleen is a very popular first name for females (#227 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#57926 out of 88799, Top 65%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Colleen for girls. Colleen reached its highest rank of #95 in the U.S. in 1960-1969 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Colleen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Colette (#522), Kalina, Colleen, Cailin and Coleen. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Colleen▼ is also pronounced similarly to Caileen, Caleen, Callen, Cayleen and Kelleen. Other suggested similar baby names are Jolleen and Rolleen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Colleen.