Variation of Caroline; also place-name
"free man"

Carolina Origin and Meaning

The name Carolina is a girl's name of French origin meaning "free man".

Languid, romantic, and classy, this variation heats up Caroline and modernizes Carol, adding a southern accent.

Pronounced Caro-LINE-a in English-speaking countries, it is heard as Caro-LEEN-a in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Nicknames can include Caro and Lina, as well as Carrie.

A prominent bearer is Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera (born Maria Carolina), who has designed clothes for First Ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michele Obama. A hauntingly melodic theme song in James Taylor's 'Carolina on My Mind.'

# 424 in the US

Carolina Rank in US Top 1000

# 1135 on Nameberry

Carolina Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Carolina Popularity

Famous People Named Carolina

  • Carolina HerreraVenezuelan,American fashion designer
  • Carolina Evelyn KlüftSwedish Olympic heptathlete
  • Carolina ÖstbergSwedish opera singer
  • Carolina Raquel DuerArgentine world champion boxer
  • Carolina kostnerItalian figure skater
  • Carolina Cuomodaughter of journalist Chris Cuomo

Carolina in Pop Culture

  • Agent Carolinacharacter in the Rooster Teeth series, Red vs Blue
  • North Carolina and South CarolinaUSA
  • Breathe CarolinaAmerican rock band
  • Carolina LiarAmerican rock band
  • Carolina Chocolate DropsAmerican folk rock band
  • "Carolina On My Mind"James Taylor song
  • "Oh My Sweet Carolina" song by Ryan Adams
  • "Carolina Rose" a song by Gloriana
  • "Carolina" a song by Harry Styles
  • Carolina Rosea flower