Carolyn - Meaning of Carolyn
[ 3 syll. ca-ro-lyn, car-ol-yn ] The baby girl name Carolyn is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced KAA-R-owLihN or KEHR-owLihN †. Carolyn has its origins in the Germanic language. It is used largely in English and German. Carolyn is a spelling variant of the English, French, and Scandinavian Caroline.
Carolyn is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby girl name, but not to the degree it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1943, 1.418% of baby girls were named Carolyn. It had a ranking of #11 then. The baby name has dropped out of favor since then, and it is of only sporadic use in recent times. In 2012, it ranked at #769 with a usage of 0.018%, but it was nevertheless the most regularly used out of all girl names in its family. Although there were times from 1937 to 1942 that Carolyn was more popular with boys, today it is used more commonly as a baby girl name. There were 273 times more baby girls than boys who were named Carolyn in 1944.
Baby names that sound like Carolyn include Carolin, Carolynn, Carolynne, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralynn, Caralynne, Carelyn, Carileen, Carilin, Cariline, Carilyn, Carlana, Carleen, Carlene, Carlyna, Carolan, Carolann, and Carolanne.
† Pronunciation for Carolyn: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Carolyn:
Model Carolyn Murphy, born 11 August 1975, Walton Beach, Florida.
Political Relative Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, born 7 January 1966 - 16 July 1999, White Plains, New York.
Singer Carolyn Leonhart, born 10 July 1971, New York, New York.