Gender: Female Meaning of Carolina: "free man" Origin of Carolina: Variation of Caroline; also place-name Carolina's Popularity in 2019: #417

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.'

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Rank in US: #417

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saige3978 Says:


I like this with the Spanish pronunciation, and love Roa as a nickname

clairels Says:


Languid means slow, peaceful or relaxing. I think it's appropriate.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Languid, nameberry? I don't think languid means what you think it means, especially as it is almost opposite to your other chosen descriptors...

Ella Says:


I have a friend named Carolina Mae.Its a very pretty name.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Pretty pretty pretty 🙂

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

Daiseymae Says:


i love this name.

ThistleThorn Says:


I'm a Caroline and people call me this sometimes. Don't ask me why

Guest Says:


I would pronounce it CarolEEna though Carolina like the state is just as pretty. And Cara is the cutest little nickname ☺️

Melrose Says:


I think this name sounds really innocent and sweet. Definitely my favorite state name, and again Cara is a great nn

Kmp17 Says:


I love this name! I am also partial to the Lina nickname, pronounced LINE-uh.

MissusAytch Says:


Lush and Southern without being over-the-top. Love nickname Cara.

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:


Got Kelsie & Ashlyn on my list but I've always had a soft spot for Carolina <3 xx