[ 3 syll. ca-ro-li-ne, car-ol-ine ] The baby girl name Caroline is pronounced in English as KAER-ah-LayN, KAER-ah-LihN, KEHR-ah-LayN or KEHR-ah-LihN, or in French as Kae-Row-LIYN †. Caroline's language of origin is Germanic. It is predominantly used in English, French, and Scandinavian. It is derived from the word karl with the meaning 'man, free man'. Carolina was the oldest feminine form of Charles; it developed from the Latin Carolinus, itself an elaboration of Carolus. The popularity of the name in the USA reflects a growing trend in using place or state names as baby names; North and South Carolina were themsleves named by King Charles II in honor of his father Charles I. The short form Carrie was promoted in the late 20th century by the Stephen King horror novel Carrie (1974), while the appearance of the fictional Carrie Bradshaw in the popular series Sex And the City (1998-2004) did not appear to increase its use as a name for babies.
Caroline is an English, French, and Scandinavian form of the Dutch, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and German Carolina.
Caroline is also a form of the English and French Coralie.
Caroline is the feminine equivalent of the English and French Charles.
The name Caroline is widely used; it has 164 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Arline, Caralynna, Caralynne, Caray, Caree, Careen, Carel, Carely, Carelyn, Cari, Carie, Cariel, Carileen, Carilena, Carilin, Cariline, Carilis, Carilyn, Carilynn, Carilynne, Carla (also used in Italian and Scandinavian), Carlan, Carleen, Carleena, Carlen, Carlena, Carlene, Carley, Carli, and Carlie. Other English forms include the shortenings Caro, Carol, and Lina (also used in Finnish, German, and Hungarian), the familiar forms Caddy, Callie, Carly, Carlyn, Carri, Carrie, Carry, Caryl, and Roline, and the spelling variants Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Carolin (also used in German), Carolyn (also used in German), Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carrolyn, Karalyn, Karalynne, Karolyn, and Karolynn.
Forms used in foreign languages include Carlein (Dutch), Carlera (Scandinavian), Carlijn (Dutch), Carlita (Scandinavian), Carlotta (Italian), Carolien (Dutch), Carolinda (Scandinavian), Charlotte (French and German), Ina (Polish), Inka (Polish), Kaja (Polish), Karila (Scandinavian), Karlein (Dutch), Karlene (Latvian), Karlijn (Dutch), Karlinka (Czech), Karlita (Scandinavian), Karola (Czech, German, and Latinized), Karoliina (Finnish), Karolin (German and Polish), Karolinka (Polish), Karolína (Czech), Linchen (German), Linka (Hungarian), Lola (Spanish), Lolita (Spanish), Lotchen (German), Lotta (Scandinavian), and Tota (Spanish). The shortening Carlin (Latin) is another foreign form.
Caroline is a popular baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1950s up to the 2000s. Its usage peaked in 2000 with 0.252% of baby girls being named Caroline. It was #65 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a decline in frequency since then. In 2012, it ranked at #80 with a usage of 0.176%, but it was nevertheless the 2nd most popular after Charlotte, among all girl names in its family. The name was twice as popular as Caroline in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Caroline include Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralynne, Carolyne, Carylyn, Karalyn, Karalynne, Carileen, Carilin, Cariline, Carleen, Carlene, Carolan, Carolann, Carolean, Caroleen, Carolene, Carolin, and Carolyn.
† Pronunciation for Caroline: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Caroline:
Firefighter Caroline Paul, born 29 July 1963, New York, New York.
Political Relative Caroline Kennedy, born 27 November 1957, New York, New York.
Royalty Princess Caroline, born 23 January 1957.