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Gender: F Meaning of Caroline: "free man" Origin of Caroline: French, feminine variation of Charles Caroline's Popularity in 2012: #80

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Caroline is a perennial classic, in the Top 100 since 1994. It is now at Number 80--roughly the same position it held in 1885. Caroline has an elegant patina, calling to mind the Kennedy Camelot years and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Caroline came to England with George II's wife, the German Queen Caroline of Ansbach in 1705, and then George IV married another German Caroline in 1795. In the US, Caroline has been a First Lady name via President Benjamin Harrison. Jane Austen named one of her less pleasant characters in Pride and Prejudice Caroline, and the name was also borne by Lady Caroline Lamb, the mistress of the poet Lord Byron, as well as the mother of the Little House on the Prairie brood.

The song "Sweet Caroline" was a huge soft-rock hit for Neil Diamond, released in 1969, and inspired by the then eleven-year-old Caroline Kennedy (for whom he sang it at her fiftieth birthday party). Carolina is the more feminine (and place name) version; the Carolyn spelling takes it a bit down-market.

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Famous People Named Caroline

Princess Caroline of Monaco
Caroline Kennedy, American author and attorney
Caroline Burckle, American swimmer
Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player
Caroline Flack, English television presenter
Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Danish model
Caroline B. Cooney, American author
Caroline Corinth, Danish model
Caroline Shaw, musician
Caroline Sunshine, American actress
Caroline Amelia Smith, William Smith & Abigail "Nabby" Adams' child
Caroline Trentini, fashion model
Caroline Doty, basketball player
Caroline D'Amore, American DJ
Caroline Cruice Goodall, English actress
Caroline O'Connor, singer
Caroline Pennell, Voice contestant 2013
Caroline Glaser, Voice contestant season 4
Caroline Glick, journalist
Caroline Hjelt, co-member of duo Icona Pop
Caroline Leaf, filmmaker
Caroline Leavitt, novelist
Caroline Zhang, American figure skater
Caroline Catz, actress
Caroline Costa, singer
Caroline Myss, author
Caroline Manzo, TV personality
Caroline Proust, actress
Caroline Quentin, English actress
Caroline Ellis, actress
Caroline Rhea, Canadian comedienne

Pop Culture References for the Name Caroline

Caroline Channing, character on "2 Broke Girls"
Caroline Forbes, character on "The Vampire Diaries"
Caroline Bingley, character from "Pride and Prejudice"
Caroline Ingalls, character from the "Little House" series
"Sweet Caroline," song by Neil Diamond
"Caroline," song by "Old Crow Medicine Show"
Caroline Farrell, character on the series "Dollhouse"
Caroline Holden, character on "Baywatch"
Caroline Abbott, American Girl Doll
Caroline Duffy, lead character on the show "Caroline in the City"
Caroline Mitchell, from the movie "Serendipity"
Caroline Julian, character on "Bones"
Caroline Wu, character in book series "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls"
Caroline Islands, archipelago
Caroline, character in the Valve game "Portal"
Caroline In the City, TV show
Caroline, Or Change - musical
Caroline Records, record label

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Caroline's International Variations

Karolina, Karola (Czech) Karoliina (Finnish) Line, Lina, Karoline, Linchen (German) Karolinka (Polish) Karila, Carolinda (Swedish)