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Gender: F Meaning of Caroline: "free man" Origin of Caroline: French, feminine variation of Charles Caroline's Popularity in 2013: #63

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Caroline is a perennial classic, in the Top 100 since 1994. It is now at Number 63--roughly the same position it held in 1885, and up from last year. 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

Caroline Louise Marguerite, Princess of Hanover (Monaco)
Caroline of Ansbach (born Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach), queen consort of George II of Great Britain
Caroline Amalie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, queen consort of Christian VIII of Denmark
Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick(-Wolfenbüttel), Queen consort of George IV of Great Britain
Caroline Stilwell Burckle, American Olympic swimmer
Caroline Catz, English actress
Caroline B. Cooney, American novelist
Caroline Corinth, Danish model
Caroline Costa, French singer
Caroline D'Amore, American DJ
Caroline Louise Flack, English television presenter
Caroline Cruice Goodall, English actress
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador, daughter of President John F. Kennedy
Caroline Patricia Lucas, English MP
Caroline Jackson, English MEP
Caroline Leaf, Canadian-American film director
Caroline Leavitt, American novelist
Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Danish model
Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls, mother of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline "Carrie" Ingalls Swanzey, sister of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline Adelaide Shaw, American musician
Caroline Amelia Smith, William Smith & Abigail "Nabby" Adams' child
Caroline Sunshine, American actress
Caroline Aparecida Trentini, Brazilian fashion model
Caroline Ann O'Connor, Anglo-Australian singer
Caroline Pennell, American singer
Caroline Glaser, American singer
Caroline Glick, journalist
Caroline Hjelt, co-member of duo Icona Pop
Caroline Myss, author
Caroline Manzo, TV personality
Caroline Proust, actress
Caroline Quentin, English actress
Caroline Ellis, actress
Caroline Rhea, Canadian comedienne
Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player
Caroline Zhang, American figure skater
Caroline Herring, American singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the Name Caroline

Caroline Channing, character on TV's "2 Broke Girls"
Caroline Forbes, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Caroline Bingley, character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Caroline Mathers, character in John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars"
Caroline McKinley">McKinley, character in book "Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne
Caroline Farrell, character on TV's "Dollhouse"
Caroline Kraft, character in movie "Mean Girls"
Caroline Holden, character on TV's "Baywatch"
Caroline Abbott, character in the American Girl series
Caroline Mortier, character in 1951 French movie "Edward and Caroline"
Caroline Duffy, character on TV's "Caroline in the City"
Caroline Mitchell, character in movie "Serendipity"
Caroline Julian, character on TV's "Bones"
Caroline Wu, character in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series
Caroline, character in video game "Portal"
Caroline Thibodeaux, main character in musical "Caroline, Or Change"
Caroline Records, record label
Miss Caroline, character in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
"Caroline No," a song by the Beach Boys
"Sweet Caroline," song by Neil Diamond
"Caroline," song by Old Crow Medicine Show

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Caroline's International Variations

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