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What does Karolyn mean?

Karolyn Pronunciation of Karolyn [karolyn] as a girls' name has its root in Old German, and the meaning of Karolyn is "free man". Karolyn is an alternate spelling of Caroline (Old German): from the French variant of Carolina. Karolyn is also a variation of Carolyn (Old German). Karolyn is also used as a variation of Karolina (Slavic, Old German).


Karolyn has 33 variants: Caraleen, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Carileen, Carilyn, Carilynne, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Carolein, Carolien, Carolin, Carollyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carrolyn, Carylon, Karaleen, Karaline, Karalyn, Karalynne, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karolin, Karoline, Karolyne, Karolynn and Karolynne.

28 more different relations via Caroline, Carolyn, Karolina: Carlan, Carlen, Carlin, Carllen, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carol, Carola, Carole, Carolina, Caroll, Caroyln, Karalina, Karalynna, Karla, Karleen, Karlein, Karlen, Karlena, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karolinka and Karolyna.

Creative forms:
(female) Kirlyn, Kirrolyn, ..

(male) Karola, Karony, ..

Middle name pairings:
Karolyn Rosalyn (K.R.), ..

How popular is Karolyn?

Karolyn is a very prominent first name for women (#1626 out of 4276, Top 38%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Karolyn was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak rank of #668 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karolyn name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Caroline (#62 a year ago), Carly (#389), Carolina (#430), Karla (#510), Carolyn (#752), Karlie (#815), Karli (#1292), Karoline (#1605), Karolina (#1712), Carol (#1768), Karleen, Carylon, Karlene, Carolyne, Carolann, Carola, Carlyn, Carole, Carolin, Carolynn, Caroll and Carolynne are the prominent alternative forms of Karolyn listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Karolyn was widespread during the years 1940-1949 (adoption of 5.32%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.49%, 90.8%), with forms such as Carole going out of style. Caroline is more widely used than the rest, though Karlie has become popular as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karolyn, Carly, Carlyn, Carol, Carola in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolann, Carole, Carolin, Carolina, Caroline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caroll, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carylon, Karla, Karleen, Karlene, Karli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karlie, Karolina, Karoline in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carly, Carolina, Caroline outside U.S.

Similar Names

Karolyn is pronounced similarly to Coralyn, Karalynn and Kerilyn. Other suggested similar names are Caroly, Darlyn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Harolyn, Jacolyn, Kaelyn, Kailyn, Kaitlyn, Kalyn, Kamlyn, Karlin, Karline, Karly, Karlye, Karlyn, Karlyne, Karlynn, Karmyn, Karol, Karole, Karon, Karryn, Karyn, Katelyn, Kathlyn, Katilyn, Katlyn, Kayelyn, Kaylyn, Laralyn, Maralyn, Marelyn, Marilyn, Marlyn, Marylyn, Saralyn, Sharolyn and Taralyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Karolyn.

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