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What does Caroline mean?

Caroline Pronunciation of Caroline as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-a-line, KARE-a-lin. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Caroline is "free man". From the French form of Carolina, a feminine derivative of Carolus (see Charles). A stately diminutive with royal connotations, brought to England by George II's queen in the 17th century. The name has a formal, aristocratic, old-fashioned aura. See also Cara, Charlotte, and Karol. Princess Caroline of Monaco; fashion designers Carolina Herrera, Carolyne Roehm; First Daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg; comedienne Caroline Rhea.


ASSOCIATED WITH england, 17th century, aristocratic (noble), old, princess


VARIANTS Caddy, Callie, Caraleen, Caraleena, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Cari, Carileen, Carilena, Carilyn, Carilynne, Carla, Carlan, Carleen, Carleena, Carlein, Carlen, Carlene, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carlinda, Carline, Carlita, Carllen, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Carole, Carolein, Caroliana, Carolin, Carolina, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Caroll, Carollyn, Carri, Carrie, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charleena, Charlena, Charlene, Charline, Charlyne, Ina, Karaleen, Karaleena, Karalina, Karaline, Karalyn, Karalynna, Karalynne, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karla, Karleen, Karlein, Karlen, Karlena, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karlinka, Karolin, Karolina, Karoline, Karolinka, Karolyn, Karolyna, Karolyne, Karolynn, Karolynne, Leena, Lina, Roline, Sharla, Sharkeen, Sharlena, Sharlene, Sharline, Sharlyne

SEE ALSO Carey, Charlesetta, Charmaine

OTHER FORMS VIA CARA, CAROLINA, CHARLOTTE, KAROL Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Carina, Carine, Carlie, Carolena, Charlaine, Charlie, Charmaine, Karine, Karline, Karlyne, Karole



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How popular is Caroline?

Caroline is a very popular first name for females (#248 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#48109 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Caroline reached its top rank of #55 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Charlotte (#6 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Charlie (#152), Callie (#190), Carolina (#425), Carly (#483), Karla (#626), Lina (#760), Carolyn (#860), Cara (#873), Carla (#1022), Karlie (#1054), Carina (#1072), Leena (#1158), Carlie (#1230), Carley (#1443), Carrie (#1768), Carol (#1788), Charlene (#1813), Karli (#1831), Karoline (#1893), Karolina (#1910), Karleen, Karlene, Karol, Ina, Karole, Charmaine, Charlyne, Karolyn, Charline, Sharla, Charlesetta, Charles, Carri, Charleen, Caro, Carey, Cari, Carleen, Carlene, Carline, Carlota, Carlotta, Carlyn, Carola, Charla, Carolann, Carole, Carolin, Caroll, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carry, Cary and Sharlene are the prominent related forms of Caroline (#55) ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Caralee, are uncommon. These relations of Caroline were popular as birth names 78 years ago (ADOPTION OF 4.6%) and are now significantly less widespread (ADOPTION 1.5%, DOWN 68%), with versions like Cara falling out of fashion. The most trendy names for newborns here are Charlotte, Charlie, Caroline, Callie and Leena.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caroline, Callie, Cara, Carey, Cari in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carina, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlie, Carline, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlyn, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carole, Carolin, Carolina, Caroll, Carolyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri, Carrie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carry, Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charlene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charles, Charlesetta, Charlie, Charline, Charlotte in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlyne, Charmaine, Ina, Karla, Karleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karole in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karolina, Karoline, Karolyn, Leena, Lina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sharla, Sharlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caroline, Callie, Cara, Carla, Carly outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carolina, Charlie, Charlotte, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Caroline is alike in pronunciation to Carolien, Carylon, Coralin, Coraline, Coralline and Coralyne. Other recommended sound-alike names are Appoline, Cailene, Cailie, Cailin, Caitlinn, Caitlyne, Calie, Calina, Capucine, Carilis, Carlana, Carlena, Carlenna (see Carlene), Carli, Carling, Carlise, Carlonda, Carlyse, Carmina, Carmine, Carolinda, Caroly, Caron, Caronne, Carrin, Caryle, Catalin, Catalina, Cataline, Cateline, Cathlene, Celine, Charalyn, Charalynne (see Cherilyn), Charilynn (see Cherilyn), Charleene, Charlien, Charlina, Charlyn, Chorine, Coralina, Corine, Corlene, Darlene, Darlina, Darlyne, Darylene, Daryline, Erline, Gayline, Haroldene, Haroldina, Harolyn, Jaculine, Jaline, Jarmaine, Karalie, Katline, Laralaine, Larine, Marceline, Marjolaine, Marlene, Marlina, Marlyne, Nataline, Pauline, Pearline and Rayline. These names tend to be less frequently used than Caroline.

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