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What does Colin mean?

Colin Pronunciation of Colin [col-in] 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.

Associated with: irish, scottish, medieval, greek, victory, popular (famous).


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

6 more different relations via Cailean, Collin, Nicholas: Cailin, Colas, Colet, Collen, Collin and Collins.

2 feminine forms: Coline and Colleen.

Creative forms:
(male) Colano, Colney, ..

(female) Colna, Coltil, ..

Middle name pairings:
Colin Koen (C.K.), ..

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. Demographics)

Colin reached its peak position of #85 in the U.S. in 2004, and is presently at #172. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Nicholas (#62 via latest list), Cole (#115), Collin (#264) and Collins are the prominent variation forms of Colin (#172 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Colin was widespread among parents 20 years ago (median #480) and is now much diminished (#522, 64%), with the version Nicholas falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Colin, Cole, Collin, Collins, Nicholas in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Colin is pronounced similarly to Caelan, Caelen, Calan, Callan, Caolain, Caolan, Colhoun, Colwin, Colwyn, Colwynn, Cullan, Cullen, Cullin, Kaelin, Kalan, Kalen, Kalin, Keelin, Kelan, Kellin, Kelwin, Kilian, Kylan and Kylen. Other suggested similar names are Adlin, Bodin, Bowin, Calvin, Carlin, Catlin, Clint, Cobie, Coffin, Colbie, Colby, Coldin, Coley, Colier, Colis, Coll, Colla, Colldin (see Colden), Collie, Colm, Colten, Colum, Con, Conan, Conlan, Conlen, Conlin, Conn, Coren, Corie, Corin, Corrin, Corvin, Corwin, Cowan, Coyan, Crain, Emlin, Eoin, Flin, Glin, Godin, Jalin, Jovin, Koltin, Malin, Nolin, Talin, Tobin, Tomlin and Ugolin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Colin.

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