Carolyn: What's the Meaning Behind the Name?

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So, you're choosing your baby's name, and you want to pick out just the right one. It has to be perfect. After all, it's your baby.

Or maybe you've just begun to question what the origins of your own name are. Were you given that name for a reason? Perhaps your name explains some of your personality characteristics?

Whatever your reasons, you want to know the significance of the name Carolyn, so take a look and find out.

Meaning and Origin

Pronounced as KARE-a-line or KARE-a-lin, this name of German origin. It means "free man," which is a bit odd since it is a female name. Of course, the name does have other meanings according to various countries as well. For instance, the English meaning of Carolyn is can be one of three things: joy, song of happiness, or feminine manly. While the Italian meaning of the name is "strong" and is a feminine form of the name Charles.

Personality Traits

Those that have the name Carolyn are said to possess a desire to analyze things around them, and have a need to understand the deeper meaning behind things. Analyzing, learning, and understanding are among their skills.

Other descriptive traits include:

  • Mystical nature
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Interesting Facts

  • On December 3, 2011, there were 331,620 people named Carolyn, and according to one Carolyn, it is a number increasing by 2,781 annually.
  • The song "Sweet Caroline" was made famous by Neil Diamond.

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Famous Carolyns

Carolyn Bassette-Kennedy

Carolyn Goodman

Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn McDermott

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Nelson

Carolyn Park

Carolyn Young

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Alternative Spellings and Variations

Caroline

Carollyn

Carolynn

Carolyne

Karolyn

Karolynn

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Nicknames

Carol

Carey

Carrie

Cary

Karie

Similar Names

Caralyn

Carilyn

Carlyn

Carolan


Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline

Meryle Haggard - Carolyn

Black Veil Brides - Carolyn

Zox - Carolyn

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Another great share here shanmarie; as we have two more grandchildren due this year baby names are very much the topic once again.. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks. Name meanings interest me for some reason, so I'll be doing a lot more. :)

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