Coraline is a baby girl’s name of French origin. Coraline means “coral” and possibly “maiden”. Coraline might not be a brand new name but it was a very uncommon given name until the film based on Neil Gaiman’s novel “Coraline” helped it reach the top 1000 names. Previously Coraline was almost exclusively a nickname.

Meaning of the name Coraline:

French: coral, maiden

Origin of the name Coraline:

Coraline is a French girl’s name that means “coral”. It may also mean “maiden”. Coraline is a diminutive of the name Coral and also, rarely, Cora.

Symbolism of the name Coraline:

Coral is the symbol of immortality because it is a living organism. Coral is also a symbol of happiness, modesty, and wisdom. Coral has been used in traditional folk medicine practices in many cultures over the years.

Style of the name Coraline:


Gender of the name Coraline:

Coraline is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Coraline:

KAWR-ə-lien (English), KAW-RA-LEEN (French)

Number of syllables in the name Coraline:


Emotion evoked from the name Coraline:

Coraline evokes feelings of happiness and adventure.

Alternative spellings for the name Coraline:

Coralyne, Coralinn, Koraline, Koralyne

Nicknames for the name Coraline:

Popularity of the name Coraline:

According to the Social Security Administration, Coraline is a recently popular girl’s name. Coraline first appeared in the top 1000 baby names in 2012 and was #643 as of 2020.

Related names for the name Coraline:

Great middle names for the name Coraline and their meanings:

  • Shay (stately, gift)
  • Helene (bright, shining)
  • Marcy (Mars, god of war)
  • Evelyn (desired, water)
  • Alexandra (defending men)
  • Sylvie (from the forest)
  • Esme (beloved)
  • Savina (from Sabin)
  • Rosaire (rosary)
  • Aurelia (the golden one)
  • Elspeth (pledged to God)

Famous people with the name Coraline:

  • Coraline Hugue (French skier)
  • Coraline Mae Bemis (daughter of musicians Max and Sherri DuPree Bemis)

Coralines in popular culture:

  • Coraline Jones (literature, “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman”)
  • Coraline Duvall (television, “Moonlight”)
  • Coraline (opera, “Le toréador” by Adolphe Adam)