[ 2 syll. co-lin, col-in ] The baby boy name Colin is pronounced as KOW-LihN †. Colin is largely used in the English, Scottish, and French languages, and it is derived from Scottish and Old Greek origins. From Old Greek roots, its meaning is victory of the people - in this context, Colin can be used in the English language. The name is derived from Col (Medieval) and Colle (Medieval), which were used as short forms of Nicholas in the Middle Ages. The name Colin was first adopted by English speakers in the 12th century; by the 16th century, it had acquired a rural flavor, influenced by its appearance as a shepherd's name in Edmund Spenser's pastoral poems The Shepheardes Calendar (1579) and Colin Clouts Come Home Againe (1595). It subsequently declined in use before seeing a revival in the 20th century.
Colin is an English and Scottish variant of the name Cailean (Gaelic and Scottish).
Colin is also an English, French, and Scottish contraction of the name Nicholas (English and French).
The name Colette (English and French) is the female equivalent of Colin.
Colin has 26 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Cailen, Colan (used in Irish as well), Cole, Coleon, Collan, Collie, Collins, Collon, Collun, Colly, Colon, Colun, Kolin, and Kolly. Other English forms include the variant spellings Colen, Collen, Collin (used in Scottish as well), Collyn, Colyn, and Kollin.
See also the related form, Colleen (English).
Colin is a popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1930s up to the 2000s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2004, 0.243% of baby boys were given the name Colin. Its ranking then was #84. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.076% and its ranking #249, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after Nicholas and Cole, out of all boy names in its group. In 2018, the name was thrice as popular as Colin.
Baby names that sound like Colin include Colyn, Kolin, Caelan, Cailean, Calam, Calan, Calhoon, Calhoun, Calhoune, Calim, Calin, Callan, Callhoun, Callin, Callum, Callyn, Calum, Calvien, Calym, and Calyn.
† Pronunciation for Colin: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Colin:
Actor Colin Farrell, born 31 May 1976, Dublin, Ireland.
Actor Colin Firth, born 10 September 1960, Grayshott, Hampshire, England.
Actor Colin Blakely, born Colin George Blakely, 23 September 1930 - 7 May 1987, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Actor Colin Welland, born July 4, 1934, Boaler Street, Kensington, Liverpool, England.
Conductor Colin Davis, born Colin Rex Davis, 25 September 1927, Weybridge, Surrey, England.
Cricketer Colin Cowdrey, born Michael Colin Cowdrey, December 24, 1932 - December 4, 2000, Bangalore, India.
Military Leader Colin Powell, born Colin Luther Powell, 5 April 1937, New York, New York.