Variation of Caroline
"free man"

Carolyn Origin and Meaning

The name Carolyn is a girl's name meaning "free man".

The phonetic Carolyn spelling, which was very popular from the 1920s to the '60s, has been steadily on the wane while Caroline herself has stayed strong.

Carolyn Keene was the pseudonymous author of the Nancy Drew Books; Carolyn Jones played Morticia Addams on TV's The Addams Family.

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Famous People Named Carolyn

  • Carolyn Jean Spellmann ShoemakerAmerican astronomer
  • Carolyn Gimpel HartAmerican mystery novelist
  • Carolyn Ashley KizerAmerican poet
  • Carolyn Doris "C.D." WrightAmerican poet
  • Carolyn LeighAmerican lyricist
  • Carolyn Ann FranklinAmerican singer; sister of Aretha Franklin
  • Carolyn Jane MaloneyU.S. Congresswoman from New York
  • Carolyn McCarthyU.S. Congresswoman from New York
  • Carolyn Jean Cheeks KilpatrickU.S. Congresswoman from Michigan
  • Carolyn Sue JonesAmerican actress
  • Carolyn Inez McCormickAmerican actress
  • Carolyn SeymourEnglish actress
  • Carolyn Dawn JohnsonCanadian country music singer
  • Carolyn HaxAmerican advice columnist
  • Carolyn GeorgeAmerican ballerina
  • Carolyn SeeAmerican novelist
  • Carolyn Keenepen name used by writers of the Nancy Drew book series
  • Carolyn MurphyAmerican model and host of "Project Runway All Stars"
  • Carolyn CassadyAmerican writer
  • Carolyn HennessyAmerican Author and Actress
  • Carolyn Jeanne BessetteKennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Carolyn Londonmother of model/TV personality Tyra Banks

Carolyn in Pop Culture

  • Carolyn Burnhamcharacter in the film "American Beauty"
  • Carolyncharacter in novelette "The Hot Moms Club" by author Tina Tirrell
  • Carolyn Stoddard in the show "House of Dark Shadows" & adaptions
  • Carolyn Polhemuscharacter in movie "Presumed Innocent"