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Gender: Female Meaning of Carolina: "free man" Origin of Carolina: Variation of Caroline; also place-name Carolina's Popularity in 2017: #440

The name Carolina is a girl's name of French origin meaning "free man". Carolina is ranked #440 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Carolina

Carolina Herrera, Venezuelan-American fashion designer
Carolina Evelyn Klüft, Swedish Olympic heptathlete
Carolina Östberg, Swedish opera singer
Carolina Raquel Duer, Argentine world champion boxer
Carolina kostner, Italian figure skater
Carolina Cuomo, daughter of journalist Chris Cuomo

Pop Culture References for the name Carolina

Agent Carolina, character in the Rooster Teeth series, Red vs Blue
North Carolina and South Carolina, USA
Breathe Carolina, American rock band
Carolina Liar, American rock band
Carolina Chocolate Drops, American 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 Rose, a flower


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