Caroline - Meaning of Caroline
[ 3 syll. ca-ro-li-ne, car-ol-ine ] The baby girl name Caroline is pronounced in English as KAERahLayN, KAERahLihN, KEHRahLayN or KEHRahLihN, or in French as KaeRowLIYN †. 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.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 an unusual baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 2000 with 0.252% of baby girls being named Caroline. It was #65 in rank then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is of only sporadic use now. In 2012, among the family of girl names directly related to Caroline, Charlotte was the most popular.
Baby names that sound like Caroline include Caralin, Caraline, Caralynn, Caralynne, Carolyne, Carrolene, Carylyn, Karalynne, Caralyn, Carelyn, Carileen, Carilin, Cariline, Carilyn, Carlana, Carleen, Carlene, Carlyna, Carolan, and Carolann.
† 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.