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What does Colin mean?

Colin Pronunciation of Colin 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)


VARIANTS Cailean, Colan, Col, Cole, Colle, Colyn

OTHER FORMS VIA CAILEAN, COLLIN, NICHOLAS Cailin, Colas, Colet, Collen, Collin, Collins

FEMININE FORMS Coline, Colleen

(male) Colano, ..

(female) Colna, ..

Colin Britton (C.B.), ..

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 #249. (2018 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?

Nicholas (#74 VIA LATEST LIST), Cole (#118), Collin (#362) and Collins are the prominent variation forms of Colin (#249) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Colin was widespread among parents 23 years ago (MEDIAN #480) and is now much diminished (#560, 70%), with versions like 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-sounding 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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