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What does Colleen mean?

Colleen \c(ol)-leen\ as a girls' 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 variants: Cauleyne, Cauline, Coe, Coel, Coleen, Colena, Colene, Coley, Colinda, Coline, Colleene, Collena, Collene, Collie, Collina, Colline, Colly, Kolleen and Kolline.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Kalina.

Colleen has 16 more alternative forms via Cailin, Colette: Caelan, Caelyn, Caileen, Cailyn, Caylin, Cloette, Coco, Coetta, Coleta, Coletta, Collet, Colleta, Collete, Collett, Collette and Kolette.


Colleen is a very prominent first name for women (#227 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#57926 out of 88799, Top 65%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Colleen for girls. Colleen entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its top rank of #95 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Colette (#522 last year), Collette, Cailyn and Coleen are the prominent related forms of Colleen listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its highest during 1960-1969 and is now significantly less, with the forms Cailyn, Colleen and Coleen becoming less fashionable. Colette (#522) is the most trendy girl name among these, with this name undergoing a rekindling in usage. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Colleen and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Colleen is pronounced similarly to Caleen, Callen, Cayleen and Kelleen. Other recommended similar baby names are Jolleen and Rolleen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Colleen.