The baby name Caroline began as a regal name, with the first popular individual with the name being Queen Caroline of Ansbach. The name is still commonly used even today, and it still carries with it that regal and classy feeling. It is now even considered a trendy name for new baby girls being born.

Meaning of the name Caroline:

French: free man
Latin: free/beautiful woman

Origin of the name Caroline:

The baby name Caroline is the feminine version of the traditional French name, Carolus. This is the name that Charles, in English, may have come from too. The baby name spread with the integration of Queen Caroline of Ansbach who was married to King George II in England.

Symbolism of the name Caroline:

The baby name Caroline retains the same meaning as the baby name Charles. These meanings both come from the original French translation of the baby name Carolus, from which both of these names are derived.

Style of the name Caroline:


Gender of the name Caroline:

Caroline is a female baby name as it is the feminine form of Carolus.

Pronunciation of the name Caroline:


Number of syllables in the name Caroline:


Emotion evoked from the name Caroline:

The baby name Caroline feels regal and sophisticated. It is a very wholesome name that still carries a bit of personality and spunk too.

Alternative spellings for the name Caroline:

  • Carolynne
  • Carolyne
  • Karoline
  • Carolline
  • Carollinne

Nicknames for the name Caroline:

Popularity of the name Caroline:

The baby name Caroline has always been popular since 1900. Starting from the beginning, the baby name was on the top 200 list since the year 1945. It did start to drift in popularity for a short time, but it re-entered the top 200 list from 1981 to 1993. As of the year 1994, the name has been on the top 100 list, and as of the year 2020, the name has a ranking of 71.

Related names for the name Caroline:

Great middle names for Caroline and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Caroline:

  • Caroline Burckle (Olympic swimmer)
  • Caroline Catz (actress, “Doc Martin”)
  • Caroline Cooney (novelist, “The Face on the Milk Carton”)
  • Caroline Watson (professional stylist)
  • Caroline Goodall (actress, “Cliffhanger”)
  • Caroline Leaf (film director, “The Street”)

Carolines in popular culture:

  • Caroline Channing (character on “2 Broke Girls”)
  • Caroline Forbes (character in “The Vampire Diaries”)
  • Caroline Mathers (character in “The Fault in Our Stars”)
  • Caroline Kraft (character in “Mean Girls”)
  • Caroline Duffy (character in “Caroline in the City”)