[ 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 1942, 1.438% of baby girls were named Carolyn. It had a ranking of #10 then. The baby name has suffered a substantial decline in frequency since then, and is used only on a modest scale now. In 2012, it ranked at #769 with a usage of 0.018%. Out of the family of girl names directly related to Carolyn, Caroline was the most widely used. It was more frequently used than Carolyn by 10 times in 2012. Carolyn has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century. There were 346 times more baby girls than boys who were named Carolyn in 1945.
Baby names that sound like Carolyn include Carolin (English and German), Carolynn (English), Carolynne (English), Carilin, Cariline, Carleen (English), Carlene (English), Carolann (English), Caroline (English, French, and Scandinavian), Coralline, Coralyn (English), Karaline (English), Karlene (Latvian), Karlina, Karol Ann, Karolann, Karolyn (English), Karylin (English), Kirilin, and Kiriline.
† 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.