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Meaning and name origin

Colin \c(o)-lin\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Cailean, Colan, Col, Cole, Colle and Colyn.

There are 2 feminine forms of Colin: Coline and Colleen.


Colin is a very popular first name for males (#378 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7992 out of 88799, Top 9%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Colin for boys. Colin reached its highest rank of #85 in the U.S. in 2004. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Colin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nicholas (#57), Cole (#116), Colin (#140) and Collin (#223). (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Colin is also pronounced similarly to Cailin, Calan, Caolain, Caolan, Collen, 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.