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Caroline Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Caroline is of French origin.

The meaning of Caroline is "free man, strong".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 58  in baby name popularity for girls with 4307 occurrences.  It ranked 10845 in popular baby names for boys with 6 occurrences. 

View the Caroline Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Caroline has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Caroline to other names.


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Caroline is a form of the name Carolina.

Variants of the name Caroline include Caralyn, Carilyn, Carilynne, Carlisha, Carlissa, Carlita, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlynn, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Caroliana, Carolien, Carolina, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carroline, Carrolyne, Carry.

The names Carlitta, Carllee, Carrie, Chardae, Karlyn, Karolyn, Karolyne, Sharlyn, Sharlynn, Sharlynne are all forms of Caroline.

Caroline has the diminutive (nickname) Cari.

Other Tidbits

Caroline falls into the name categories easy nickname, song.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Caroline Rhea.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Caroline in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Caroline.

Just for fun, see the name Caroline in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Caroline in Nautical Flags page.

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French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.