Colin Name Meaning & Origin
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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- Comments and insights on the name Colin: | Edit
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.
When I think of the name Colin, I think "Cool Colin," and that really drives me nuts. I don't like the name.
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I'm a Colin. Born in Scotland, but hated the name while growing up.
It is the anglicised version of Cailean.
It was only after a bit of research that I discovered that my name Colin MacKenzie (Cailean MacCoinnach) is a historical family name. Although the Scots Gaelic name is recorded with the spelling Colin from as early as the 14th century, so how often it was actually Cailean is subjcetive.
I like it a lot more now but would not choose to name a child Colin. Although if a relative chose to name their baby boy after me, I'd be chuffed to bits.
My brother is Iain, the Gaelic form of John. My Cousins are Callum and Euan. I think the choices were made by my mother and my Aunt.
Colin and Callum have the same root, Cailean.
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- Meanings and history of the name Colin: | Edit
bossy, talkative one, likes to take charge.
Colin-Cailean also means "Victory for the People"
- 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 Fraser (1) Scottish rebel, last man beheaded in the Tower of London
Colin Fraser (2) Canadian Ice-hockey player (retd)
Colin McRae, race car driver
Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists
Colin Mochrie, comedian
Colin Morgan, actor
Colin O'Donoghue, Irish actor
Colin Powell, general and former Secretary of State
Colin Turkington, race car driver
Colin Michael Stanley (b. 2006), son of American musician, singer, songwriter, and painter Paul Stanley
Colin Francis O'Connor (b. 2007), son of former Amazing Race contestant Kevin O'Connor
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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"
Colin Fisher "Bones"
Colin Gilchrist Fisher character "Oxford Blues" 1984 ( played by Julian Sands)