Coraline Name Meaning & Origin

Coraline

Pronunciation: COH-rə-liyn (key)

Origin of the name Coral:

Derived from the vocabulary word coral which refers to the pinkish calcareous skeletons secreted by marine polyps which are used in jewelry making.

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Comments and insights on the name Coraline: | Edit

I think this is a wonderful name, one of the best...too bad people insist on nicknames much less beautiful than this.

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

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we just named our daughter coraline and LOVE it. we call her cora, coral, corali, coco ... we love all the options for nicknames.

My grandmother had a family friend named Cora who was a Kleptomaniac, and the family has a lot of funny stories about her. I have to agree that the full version of the name is much prettier and womanly. The nickname Corali is a must if needed to shorten.

Nicknames for Coraline: | Edit

Cora, Corrie, Lina, Liney, Linny, CoCo, C.C., Coral, Corali

Meanings and history of the name Coraline: | Edit

Elaborate form of Coral.
In the case of the Neil Gaiman novel, Coraline started out as a mistype of Caroline. Gaiman "...loved the name -- the way it was like, but not like, the name Caroline, the way it reflected, that it was about coral, which is both beautiful and hard and hidden..."

Gaiman thought that he invented the name until he found it on an antique peice of sheet music after the book was published.

Pronounced: COR-ə-line or COR-ə-leen.

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Coraline in song, story & screen: | Edit

Coraline - a children's novel by Neil Gaiman.
Coraline is a 2009 animated stop-motion 3-D fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novella Coraline.

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