French, feminine variation of Charles
"free man"

Caroline Origin and Meaning

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

Caroline is a perennial classic, one of the elite group of girls' names that's ALWAYS ranked among the Top 1000 and that's been in the Top 100 since 1994. Elegant yet strong, Caroline calls to mind the Kennedy Camelot years and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Caroline went to England in 1705 with King George II's wife, the German Queen Caroline of Ansbach, and then George IV married another German Caroline in 1795.

In the US, Caroline has been a First Lady name via President Benjamin Harrison and was the name of one of the famous First Daughters, Caroline Kennedy.

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 in 1969, inspired by 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, as opposed to the newer form Carolyn, which forces the pronunciation of the final syllable to rhyme with win and spin. Though Caroline can be pronounced that way, it's more usually pronounced to rhyme with wine and fine.

# 83 in the US

Caroline Rank in US Top 1000

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Caroline Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Caroline

  • (Wilhelmina Charlotte) Caroline of (Brandenburg)Ansbach, Queen consort of George II of Great Britain
  • Caroline Amalie of SchleswigHolstein,Sonderburg,Augustenburg, Queen consort of Christian VIII of Denmark
  • Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick(Wolfenbüttel), Queen consort of George IV of Great Britain
  • Caroline of Baden (born Friederike Karoline Wilhelmine)Queen consort of Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria
  • Caroline Matilda of Great BritainQueen consort of Christian VII of Denmark and Norway
  • Caroline Louise Marguerite GrimaldiPrincess of Hanover (Monaco)
  • Caroline Celico Leite (née Lyra)Brazilian socialite and singer, wife of football player Kaká
  • Caroline Stilwell BurckleAmerican Olympic swimmer
  • Caroline CatzEnglish actress
  • Caroline B. CooneyAmerican novelist
  • Caroline CorinthDanish model
  • Caroline CostaFrench singer
  • Caroline WatsonBritish stylist
  • Caroline D'AmoreAmerican DJ
  • Caroline Grace Elizabeth Williamssinger of Christian pop group pureNRG
  • Caroline Louise FlackEnglish television presenter
  • Caroline Cruice GoodallEnglish actress
  • Caroline Bouvier KennedyU.S. Ambassador, daughter of President John F. Kennedy
  • Caroline Patricia LucasEnglish MP
  • Caroline JacksonEnglish MEP
  • Caroline LeafCanadian,American film director
  • Caroline LeavittAmerican novelist
  • Caroline Brasch NielsenDanish model
  • Caroline Lake Quiner Ingallsmother of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Caroline "Carrie" Ingalls Swanzeysister of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Caroline Adelaide ShawAmerican musician
  • Caroline Amelia Smithdaughter of William Smith & Abigail "Nabby" Adams
  • Caroline SunshineAmerican actress
  • Caroline Aparecida TrentiniBrazilian fashion model
  • Caroline Ann O'ConnorAnglo,Australian singer
  • Caroline PennellAmerican singer
  • Caroline GlaserAmerican singer
  • Caroline Glickjournalist
  • Caroline Hjeltco,member of duo Icona Pop
  • Caroline MyssAmerican author
  • Caroline ManzoTV personality
  • Caroline Proustactress
  • Caroline QuentinEnglish actress
  • Caroline Ellisactress
  • Caroline RheaCanadian comedienne
  • Caroline DhavernasFrench,Canadian actress
  • Caroline WozniackiDanish tennis player
  • Caroline ZhangAmerican figure skater
  • Caroline HerringAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Caroline OgnibeneAmerican child model; twin of brother Peter
  • Caroline HerschelGerman astronomer
  • Caroline WeirScottish footballer
  • Caroline Judith BotelhoAmerican actress
  • Caroline Olivia Manning (b. 2015)daughter of NFL player Eli Manning
  • Caroline Boone Estabrook (b. 2016)daughter of actress Megan Boone

Caroline in Pop Culture

  • Caroline Channingcharacter on TV's "2 Broke Girls"
  • Caroline Forbescharacter in book and TV series "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Caroline Bingleycharacter in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
  • Caroline Matherscharacter in John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars"
  • Caroline McKinleycharacter in book "Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne
  • Caroline Farrellcharacter on TV's "Dollhouse"
  • Caroline Kraftcharacter in movie "Mean Girls"
  • Caroline Holdencharacter on TV's "Baywatch"
  • Caroline Abbottcharacter in the American Girl series
  • Caroline Mortiercharacter in 1951 French movie "Edward and Caroline"
  • Caroline Duffycharacter on TV's "Caroline in the City"
  • Caroline Mitchellcharacter in movie "Serendipity"
  • Caroline Juliancharacter on TV's "Bones"
  • Caroline Wucharacter in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series
  • Caroline Martha Hubbardalso known as Linda Arden, character in Hercule Poirot series
  • Carolinecharacter in video game "Portal"
  • Caroline Thibodeauxmain character in musical "Caroline, Or Change"
  • Caroline Irene "Carreen" O'Haracharacter in "Gone with the Wind"
  • Caroline "Carol" Ferrischaracter in DC Universe
  • Caroline Penvenenlater Caroline Enys, character in TV's Poldark
  • Caroline Frankenstein. character in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Miss Carolinecharacter in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  • Caroline Recordsrecord label
  • "Caroline No"a song by the Beach Boys
  • "CarolineYes", a song by the Kaiser Chiefs
  • "Sweet Caroline" song by Neil Diamond
  • "Caroline" song by Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Radio Carolineone of the first pirate radio stations in the UK
  • Caroline Talbotcharacter in Downton Abbey

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