Caroline Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: KA-rə-liyn (key)

Origin of the name Caroline:

A feminine form of the Latin Carolus, which is a cognate of Charles (full-grown, a man, a freeman). Var: Carey, Cari, Carri, Carrie, Kari, Karrie.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Caroline, Coraline and Cornelia are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

So, my name is Caroline Marie and it is originated from pretty much every corner of the world. Although I have had this name for a long time and I love its uncommonality and elegance, it is often confused for Carolyn, despite it being spelled out to sound like "CARE-OH-LINE". Also, I am forever trying to find a good abbreviation or nickname, because my name doesn't fit on a lot of things and I can never find a Caroline key-chain or flippin Coke bottle. I get called many things: Carolina, Cara, Care-Bear, and Carol. But, all the same, I love my name.

People with this name tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily.

We named our daughter Caroline; it's an old family name. She doesn't like it because she thinks it's old, but I like it because it is strong, yet elegant and feminine, but not cutesy. It's not overly common, either. We've been told it is a 'southern' name - the map seems to reflect that.

My name is Caroline and I am neutral about it. But I absolutely loathe 'Sweet Caroline' and being called 'Carolyn' after advising people on its correct pronunciation. It's also a bit common for my taste, but I have a decent nickname.

My sister's 18 year old daughter is named Caroline; her father objected that it was too classy and royal (think Princess Caroline, and Caroline Kennedy) but we argued, Are you saying your daughter is not a princess?? Caroline herself likes her name, but hates that people pronounce it Carolyn. Why is that such a common affliction in the US? I always call her Carolina and the family often abbreviates her name to Caro, never Carrie, altho I like that, too.

My name is Caroline Grace! Mine was a family name; my grandmother was named Carolyn! I was named after the song "Sweet Caroline"; my dad and mom fell in love with the song when they were expecting me. To this day, whenever I hear the song, I feel it's my song...the song I was named after! My parents got my middle name Grace from the song "Amazing Grace" (both my parents are very musical). My mom loved the name Grace and loved that song and thought the old-fashioned name of Caroline Grace sounded beautiful!

My parents named me Caroline and I love it. Its considered to be a 'Southern Belle' name (and I kind of am). I couldn't imagine being named anything else.

My mother's family is Danish and her name is Caroline (pn car-o-lee-na), but she has everyone pn it caro-lyn.

My name is Caroline Yvonne. I was named after both of my grandmothers. I can't stand constantly being called Carolyn; sometimes even after I correct people I still get called Carolyn. I have even had to introduce myself before by saying, it's Caro"line" just take the A off of Carolina (like the states of North and South Carolina) and you have my name. It's line, not lynn. I don't know why so many people all of my life have such a problem with this name, teachers, doctors offices, job interviews, you name it, I usually get called Carolyn or even Caraline before I have to correct them. During my middle school years I hated it because it's an older name that many would mispronounce but now that I'm in my 20's I love it!

My sister's name is Caroline. She thinks it's too old fashioned but if you say it over and over it's beautiful and elegant. People often ask her, "CarolLYNN or CaroLINE?" though. But we only know one other Caroline, so in a way it's unique.

My name is Caroline and I am often called Carolyn, but some people also mix my name up with Catherine. Caroline was a popular name when I was born but strangely I have never known any other Carolines, just Carolyns, so I never felt like it was a "very popular" name.

Personal experiences with the name Caroline: | Edit

People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment.

People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious.

Caroline is a solid, classic name, but every Caroline I've ever met has been nasty (a total of 4)...I don't know. It's kind of turned me off the name.
Note to above: I am a Caroline and I promise you I'm a nice one;)

Being a Caroline myself, I have noticed what the person above has said, I've met several other Caroline's and some of them have indeed been snobby and downright rude, that being said, I've also met some really nice, down to earth Caroline's. I've always loved my name and it makes me sad so many view it in a bad light. It used to bother me that one of the most common associations with my name were negative traits, but as I've grown up and had the chance to meet more people with my name, I've come to the conclusion that it's like with any other name, some people who bear it are nice and fun to be around while others aren't. I think it's just the fact that you don't hear it as much as other names so that association trends to be stronger if someone has only met a handful of people with that name, any bad connections will turn them off from the name. There are going to be good and bad people with every name,negative feelings just end up lasting longer for certain names if there aren't enough of the population to dispel them.

Frequently confused with "Carolyn"
Last syllable usu. pron. "line" but sometimes pron. "lyn"
Spanish variant: "Carolina" (pron. kar-o-LEE-na)

my grandmother's name is caroline, and it fits her really well. she's really funny, and wild and crazy.

My daughter's middle name is Caroline, which pairs nicely with her first name, Florence. I wanted it to be her middle name because Caroline is growing in popularity and I wanted my baby's first name to be more unique. All in all I think it's lovely and I hope she likes it.

My best friend's name is Caroline and she is the most generous and kind person you will ever meet.

Nicknames for Caroline: | Edit

C.C., Cece, Caddie, Cal, Cali, Callie, Carly, Carlie,Car, Cara, Care, Care-bear, Caro, Carol, Carolina-Lu, Carrie, Cari, Cary, Carey, Lin, Lina, Lina-Lu, Liney, Linny, Lola, Lolly, Rory, Za'an

Meanings and history of the name Caroline: | Edit

(Female translation of Charles)
Latin: "Beautiful woman"
Italian: "Strong"
French: "Song of Happiness"
English: "Joy"
American & Scottish: "Manly"

Famous real-life people named Caroline: | Edit

Caroline of Ansbach was the German wife of English King George II in the 18th century
Lady Caroline Lamb had a famous liaison with poet Lord Byron
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, daughter of American President John F. Kennedy
Caroline Healey Dall, American suffragist
Caroline Schemerhorn Astor, Head of New York Society 1880's-1900's
Caroline Lee Hentz, American writer
Caroline Julia Bartlett, American reformer
Caroline Scott Harrison, First Lady and wife of Benjamin Harrison
Caroline White Soule, American religious leader
Caroline Kennedy, American author and attorney
Caroline Burckle, American swimmer
Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player
Princess Caroline of Monaco

Caroline in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Sweet Caroline," a song by Neil Diamond, and done in Glee
"Caroline in the City," TV show
Caroline Ingalls, a character in "Little House on the Prairie"
"The Hills of Caroline" a song by Vince Gill
Caddie Woodlawn, heroine of the best-selling pioneer novel, whose full name was Caroline Augusta Woodlawn
"Caroline," a song by David Gray
"Caroline No," a song by the Beach Boys
"Caroline," a song by Concrete Blonde
Caroline Farrell, aka Echo, a character in "Dollhouse"
"Caroline" by MC Solaar, a well-known song in France
"Caroline" song by Brandi Carlile (featuring Elton John)
Caroline Forbes, the intelligent, type A blonde on The Vampire Diaries
"Caroline", a French childrens' book series
"Caroline" is mentioned in "Roses" by Oatkast, but not favorably.
"Caroline" is an unseen character in the single-player campaign of Portal 2
Caroline, one of the main characters in "2 Broke Girls"

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