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What does Colin mean?

Colin /col-in/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced KOH-lin, KAH-lin. It is of Irish, Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Colin is "young creature".

Diminutive form of the medieval name Col or Colle, a short form of Nicholas (Greek) "people of victory". In Scotland, it has been used as an anglicized form of Cailean (Gaelic), popular among the Campbells and the MacKenzies. See also Collin. Secretary of State Colin Powell; actors Colin Farrell, Colin Firth.


Colin has 6 variants: Cailean, Col, Colan, Cole, Colle and Colyn.

Colin has 16 more different forms via Cailean, Collin, Nicholas: Cailin, Claas, Claes, Claus, Colas, Colet, Collen, Collin, Collins, Nic, Nicoli, Nicolis, Nik, Niki, Nilos and Nils.

Colin has 2 feminine forms: Coline and Colleen.

Kreatif forms: Cilin, Colain, Coylin. [more]

How popular is Colin?

Colin is a very popular first name for males (#378 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#5697 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Colin for boys. Colin reached its peak position of #85 in the U.S. in 2004, and is presently at #140. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Colin and associated names. Nicholas (#57 a year ago), Cole (#116), Collin (#223), Nils and Collins are the prominent variation forms of Colin (#140 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its highest in 2003 (usage of 0.6163%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.5773%, down 6.3%). Colin (#140), Cole (#116) and Collin (#223) are three of the more trendy baby names in this list, with Colin going through a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Colin, Cole, Collin, Collins, Nicholas, Nils in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Colin, Cole, Nicholas, Nils outside U.S.

Similar Names

Colin is pronounced similarly to Calan, Caolain, Caolan, Colwin, Colwyn, Cullin and Kalin. Other suggested similar baby names are Coldin, Colis, Colm, Colum, Conlin, Corin and Nolin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Colin.