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What does Carolyn mean?

Carolyn Pronunciation of Carolyn as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-a-line, KARE-a-lin. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carolyn is "free man". A 19th-century name which is either a variant of Caroline, or a blend of Carol and Lyn.


ASSOCIATED WITH 19th century, blend


VARIANTS Carolien, Carolynn, Caroyln, Carrie, Carylon, Karolyn, Karolynn

SEE ALSO Harolyn

OTHER FORMS VIA CAROL, CAROLINE, LYN Caraleen, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Carel, Carely, Carey, Carileen, Carilena, Carilis, Carilyn, Carilynne, Carla, Carlan, Carleen, Carlein, Carlen, Carlene, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carllen, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Carole, Carolee, Carolein, Carolena, Caroliana, Carolin, Carolina, Carolinda, Caroline, Caroll, Carollyn, Caroly, Carolyne, Carolynne, Carrol, Carrola, Carroll, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charlyne, Cherlyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karlen, Karol, Karole, Karolin, Karolina, Karoline, Karolyna, Karolyne, Karolynne



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How popular is Carolyn?

Carolyn is a very prominent first name for women (#42 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#109915 out of 150436, Top 73%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Carolyn reached its top position of #12 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #860. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Caroline (#55 IN 2018), Carolina (#425), Carly (#483), Carla (#1022), Carley (#1443), Carrie (#1768), Carol (#1788), Karoline (#1893), Karolina (#1910), Cary, Carroll, Carry, Cherlyn, Caryl, Carylon, Charlyne, Karol, Karole, Karolyn, Carrol, Carey, Carolynne, Carolynn, Carolyne, Caroll, Carolin, Carolee, Carole, Carolann, Carola, Caro, Carlyn, Carline, Carlene, Carleen and Lyn are the popular variation forms of Carolyn (#860). Other variants, like Carrolyn, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Carolyn was common among parents 78 years ago (AVERAGE #1096) and has become significantly lower since (#1774, DOWN 90.1%), with forms like Carla falling out of fashion. Caroline is the most trendy girl name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolyn, Carey, Carla, Carleen, Carlene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carley, Carline, Carly, Carlyn, Caro in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carolee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolin, Carolina, Caroline, Caroll, Carolyne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolynn, Carolynne, Carrie, Carrol, Carroll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carry, Cary, Caryl, Carylon, Charlyne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cherlyn, Karol, Karole, Karolina, Karoline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karolyn, Lyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Carolyn is alike in pronunciation to Coralin, Coralyn, Coralyne, Karalynn and Kerilyn. Other recommended sound-alike names are Caelyn, Cailyn, Caitlyn, Calyn, Carlana, Carlena, Carling, Carlye, Caron, Caronn (see Karen), Carryn, Caryn, Catelyn, Catlyn, Caylyn, Charalin (see Cherilyn), Charalyn, Charelin (see Cherilyn), Charelyn, Charelynn (see Cherilyn), Charilyn, Charilynn (see Cherilyn), Charlyn, Charlynn, Cheralyn, Cherilyn, Cherylyn, Darlyn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Jacolyn, Karlyn, Laralyn, Maralyn, Marelyn, Marilyn, Marlyn, Marylyn, Saralyn, Sharolyn and Taralyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carolyn.

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