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