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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.


Colleen has 19 variant forms: Cauline, Cauleyne, Coe, Coel, Coleen, Colena, Colene, Coley, Colinda, Coline, Colleene, Collena, Collene, Collie, Collina, Colline, Colly, Kolleen and Kolline.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Colleen name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Coleen, Colette, Colleen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cailin, Colette, Colleen, Kalina outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.