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What does Karlyn mean?

Karlyn Pronunciation of Karlyn [kar-lyn] as a girls' name is of Old German and English origin, and the name Karlyn means "free man". Karlyn is a variant form of Carlene (Old German). Karlyn is also a variation of Karleen (English): diminutive version of Karla.


Karlyn has 9 variants: Carleen, Carlen, Carline, Carlyn, Karlen, Karlene, Karlin, Karline and Karlynn.

4 more relations via Carlene, Karleen: Carlena, Carlina, Karlena and Karlina.

Creative forms:
(female) Erlyn, Kaslyn, ..

(male) Karian, ..

Middle name pairings:
Karlyn Asia (K.A.), ..

How popular is Karlyn?

Karlyn is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#3878 out of 4276, Top 91%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Karlyn (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 are Carleen, Carlene, Carline, Carlyn, Karleen and Karlene. Usage of these forms of Karlyn was more pronounced 85 years ago (adoption of 0.03%), but now, the version Carlene has become less in vogue. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carleen, Carlene, Carline, Carlyn, Karleen, Karlene in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Karlyn is alike in pronunciation to Carlan, Carlein, Carlin, Carllen, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Karlein and Karlyne. Other suggested similar names are Arlyn, Cailyn, Calyn, Caralyn, Carlye, Carlyna, Catlyn, Caylyn, Charlyn, Daelyn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Fallyn, Faryn, Jalyn, Jaslyn, Jazlyn, Kaelin, Kalen, Kalin, Kalynn, Kamlyn, Kamryn, Karaleen, Karalyn, Karalynne (see Caroline), Karelyn, Karen, Karin, Karla, Karlah, Karley, Karli, Karlinka, Karlye, Karmin, Karolin, Karolyna, Karolyne, Karolynn, Karon, Karren, Karryl, Karryn, Karyn, Katelyn, Katilyn, Katlynn, Kaylen, Kellyn, Kerryn, Keryn, Laralyn, Laryn, Madlyn, Maralyn, Marelyn, Marilyn, Marlen, Marlynn, Marlys, Marylyn, Maryn, Sharlyn, Tarryn and Taylyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Karlyn.

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