What does Colin mean?
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.
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)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Colin and associated names. Nicholas (#57 2 years ago), Cole (#116), Collin (#223), Nils and Collins are the prominent variation forms of Colin (#140 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these forms of Colin was widespread among parents in 2003 (average #383) and is almost as conventional today (#422, ▼6.3%). Nicholas is more familiar than the rest, while Collin has also become popular as well. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.