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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

Collin became a name after someone came up with an alternative spelling to the name Colin and means “cub”. 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.

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.

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Nicknames for Collin

The name Collin still feels European, but it has a certain rugged and rustic edge now. This makes it feel strong and young. Here are some great nicknames for you to consider for the Collin in your life:

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

Collin Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Collin is traditionally a boys name.

Pronunciation: KOL-in or KAHL-in

Syllables: Two

Alternative Spelling for Collin

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

Collin Name Popularity

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.

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Great Middle Names for Collin and Their Meanings

Famous People Named Collin

  • Collin Peterson (Minnesota Congressman)
  • Collin Raye (singer, “That's My Story”)
  • Collin Gosselin (son of Kate Gosselin)
  • Collin Fabray-Evans (character from “Glee: New Beginnings”)
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