Colin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Colin

Colin

Pronunciation: KAH-lin, KOH-lin (key)

Origin of the name Colin:

Borrowed from the English, Colin originated as a medieval variant of the obsolete Colle, a short form of Nicholas (victory of the people). Alternatively, Colin is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cailean (dove). Var: Collan, Collin, Collun, Coln, Colun.

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In Commonwealth countries this name is pronounced as "Call-in," but in America this is occasionally pronounced as "Co-lynn," as with the famous bearer Colin Powell.

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Meanings and history of the name Colin: | Edit

bossy, talkative one, likes to take charge.

Famous real-life people named Colin: | Edit

Colin Braun, race car driver
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback
Colin Cowherd, ESPN radio show host (The Herd)
Colin Edwards, MotoGP motorcycle racer
Colin Farrell, actor
Colin Firth, actor
Colin McRae, race car driver
Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists
Colin Mochrie, comedian
Colin Morgan, actor
Colin Powell, general and former Secretary of State
Colin Turkington, race car driver

Colin in song, story & screen: | Edit

Colin Craven, a character from Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden"
Colin Creevey, a Gryffindor student in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Colin Singleton, the protagonist from John Green's novel, "An Abundance of Katherines"

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