Collin was once a nickname of sorts for the baby name Nicholas. For centuries in America, however, it has been a popular baby name for boys, even scaling the top 200 list. Though the name has a British sound, it has become a more rugged and boyish option.

Meaning of the name Collin:

English: variation of Colin

Origin of the name Collin:

Collin became a name after someone came up with an alternative spelling to the name Colin. This name actually came as an alternative to the name Col, which started as a nickname for Nicholas. All are now standalone names on their own, however.

Symbolism of the name Collin:

The baby name Collin does not really have a meaning as it came only from nicknames. As mentioned, it started with the name Colin, which went back to the name Col. This was a nickname for Nicholas.

Style of the name Collin:


Gender of the name Collin:

Collin is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Collin:

KAHL-in or KOL-in

Number of syllables in the name Collin:


Emotion evoked from the name Collin:

The name Collin still feels European, but it has a certain rugged and rustic edge now. This makes it feel strong and young.

Alternative spellings for the name Collin:

  • Colin 
  • Collen
  • Collon
  • Collenn
  • Collinn
  • Kollin
  • Kollon

Nicknames for the name Collin:

  • Colly
  • Collie
  • Colli
  • Coli
  • Col
  • Cole 
  • Coco

Popularity of the name Collin:

Collin was a top 1,000 name in 1900, from 1942 to 1943, and from 1947 to 1948. It has remained on the list since the year 1963. As of 1992, the name became a top 200 name until 2012, but it has gone downhill. As of 2020, it is a top 500 name at rank 464.

Related names for the name Collin:

Great middle names for Collin and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Collin:

  • Collin Peterson (Minnesota Congressman)
  • Collin Raye (singer, “That's My Story”)
  • Collin Gosselin (son of Kate Gosselin)

Collins in popular culture:

  • Collin Fabray-Evans (character from “Glee: New Beginnings”)