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What does Colleen mean?

Colleen Pronunciation of Colleen as a girls' name is pronounced kah-LEEN. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Colleen is "girl, wench". From "cailín". Sometimes used as a feminine of Colin or variant of Colette. See also Cailin. The name has been associated with silent screen celebrity Colleen Moore (1901-88). Actress Colleen Dewhurst; writer Colleen McCullough.




VARIANTS Cauline, Cauleyne, Coe, Coel, Coleen, Colena, Colene, Coley, Colinda, Coline, Colleene, Collena, Collene, Collie, Collina, Colline, Colly, Kolleen, Kolline


ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA CAILIN, COLETTE Caileen, Coleta, Collet, Colleta, Collete, Collett, Collette



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How popular is Colleen?

Colleen is a very prominent first name for women (#227 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#129619 out of 150436, Top 86%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Colleen entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #96 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Colette (#533 FROM RECENT DATA), Kalina (#1484), Cailin, Coleen, Colene, Collette and Collie are the prominent related forms of Colleen listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Colleta, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Colleen was at its highest in the 1960s (USAGE OF 0.3%) and is now significantly less. Colleen has generally been popular among parents, though Colette has become trendy as well, while forms like Colleen are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Colleen, Cailin, Coleen, Colene, Colette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Collette, Collie, Kalina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Colleen and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Colleen is pronounced similarly to Cailen, Caleen, Calen, Callan, Callen, Cayleen, Caylen, Kaileen, Kaleen, Kayleen, Kelleen, Kellen and Kyleen. Other recommended sound-alike names are Allcen, Alleen, Arleen, Caleena, Callee, Calley, Callie, Carleen, Catleen, Catreen, Celeena, Charleen, Chloee, Collice, Connee, Coralee, Coree, Coreen, Coreene, Corlee, Corless, Corley, Correen, Correena, Dollee (see Dolly), Doreen, Earleen, Eileen, Eilleen, Elleen, Evaleen, Eveleen, Evleen, Harleen, Hollee, Jayleen, Jilleen, Joeleen, Joellen, Joleen, Jolleen, Loreen, Lurleen, Marleen, Mayleen, Mollee, Myrleen (see Merle), Noeleen, Noelleen, Noreen, Pauleen, Pollee (see Polly), Raeleen, Rayleen, Rolleen, Rosaleen, Rosheen, Taleen, Wileen, Willeen, Yosleen and Zoreen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Colleen.

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