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September 25th, 2009 07:27 PM #16Member
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As a Caroline, I have to chime in here. There is a definite difference between Caroline and Carolyn. I am often called Carolyn by people, and I respond to it, but I don't consider it correct. Sometimes I will correct them, usually I don't bother. There are some people who just don't get the -ine/-lyn difference, but it is quite obvious to me. The -een pronunciation is French. I believe Carolyn and Caroline are two distinct names (albeit, very close), and not interchangeable. Caroline seems more classic than Carolyn. I really don't understand how people can think that it can be pronounced both ways (yes, I can get a bit heated up over this, having dealt with it my whole life:)
As for nicknames (I've seen some discussion of Caroline nn's on other threads) I have had a variety, from different people. My family sometimes calls me Cal/Callie. A grandfather called me Carrie. Friends have called me: Caro, C, Car, Caz (English). I didn't love my name growing up, but now I love it and think it's sophisticated and timeless. So I would highly recommend to anyone considering using it for their baby girl!
September 25th, 2009 07:40 PM #18
Re: Carolyn?Originally Posted by caroline
I have found that some parents explicitly want a 'line' pronunciation and will make a point of it, but as I said before most go for the either/ or pronunciation (at least in my experience).
I had forgotten Cas/Caz which is the nn I get the most; if I had my pick I would go for Carrie and then Cas.