English diminutive of Nicholas or Irish and Scottish
"people of victory; pup"

Colin Origin and Meaning

The name Colin is a boy's name of Scottish, Greek, Irish origin meaning "people of victory; pup".

Thanks to its dashing Anglo-Irish image — due partly to Colins Firth and Farrell — and its C-initialed two-syllable sound, Colin and its cousin Collin have enjoyed a long run of popularity, reaching as high as Number 84 in 2004.

The usual pronunciation of Colin is COLL-in, but the alternate COLE-in version was publicized by General Colin Powell, the first U.S. African-American Secretary of State, who was named after World War II hero Colin Kelly.

Literary cred: Colin Craven is a character in The Secret Garden, and Colin Creevey appears in the Harry Potter books.

Both Kevin James and Kiss's Paul Stanley have young sons named Colin, while Tom Hanks has a grown one.

# 334 in the US

Colin Rank in US Top 1000

# 320 on Nameberry

Colin Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Colin Popularity

Famous People Named Colin

  • Colin Luther PowellAmerican general and 65th Secretary of State
  • Colin FordAmerican actor
  • Colin Lewes HanksAmerican actor; son of Tom Hanks
  • Colin Andrew FirthEnglish actor
  • Colin EgglesfieldAmerican actor
  • Colin James FarrellIrish actor
  • Colin MorganIrish Actor
  • Colin Campbell CooperAmerican painter
  • Colin Alexander CunninghamAmerican actor
  • Colin Edward QuinnAmerican comedian
  • Colin Rand KaepernickAmerican NFL football player
  • Colin O'DonoghueIrish Actor
  • Colin Thomas HannahAustralian Air Force commander; 19th Governor of Queensland
  • Colin WardEnglish anarchist writer
  • Colin ToddEnglish footballer and manager
  • Colin Kelly JostAmerican actor and comedian
  • Colin John BondAustralian racing driver
  • Colin CowherdAmerican radio sportscaster
  • Colin Patrick Henry MeloyAmerican lead singer of band The Decemberist
  • Colin DonnellAmerican actor
  • Colin Michael Stanley (b. 2006)son of American musician Paul Stanley

Colin in Pop Culture

  • Colin Cravencharacter in F.H. Burnett's "The Secret Garden"
  • Colin Creeveycharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Colin Fisherintern on TV's "Bones"
  • Colin Hartcharacter on TV's "Everwood"
  • Colin Hargreavescharacter in the Lady Emily Ashton series
  • Colincharacter in "George Dandin ou le Mari confondu" by Moliere
  • Colin McCraecharacter on TV show "Gilmore Girls"
  • Colin Singletonin "An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green
  • Colin Thatchera main character in Mary Kubica's novel, "The Good Girl"

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