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Gender: Female Meaning of Caroline: "free man" Origin of Caroline: French, feminine variation of Charles Caroline's Popularity in 2017: #55

The name Caroline is a girl's name of French origin meaning "free man". Caroline is ranked #55 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Caroline is a perennial classic, in the Top 100 since 1994. Caroline is elegant, calling to mind the Kennedy Camelot years and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Caroline came to England with George II's wife, the German Queen Caroline of Ansbach in 1705, and then George IV married another German Caroline in 1795. In the US, Caroline has been a First Lady name via President Benjamin Harrison. 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 trendier Carolyn.

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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 Schleswig-Holstein-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 Britain, Queen consort of Christian VII of Denmark and Norway
Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi, Princess of Hanover (Monaco)
Caroline Celico Leite (née Lyra), Brazilian socialite and singer, wife of football player Kaká
Caroline Stilwell Burckle, American Olympic swimmer
Caroline Catz, English actress
Caroline B. Cooney, American novelist
Caroline Corinth, Danish model
Caroline Costa, French singer
Caroline Watson, British stylist
Caroline D'Amore, American DJ
Caroline Grace Elizabeth Williams, singer of Christian pop group pureNRG
Caroline Louise Flack, English television presenter
Caroline Cruice Goodall, English actress
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador, daughter of President John F. Kennedy
Caroline Patricia Lucas, English MP
Caroline Jackson, English MEP
Caroline Leaf, Canadian-American film director
Caroline Leavitt, American novelist
Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Danish model
Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls, mother of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline "Carrie" Ingalls Swanzey, sister of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline Adelaide Shaw, American musician
Caroline Amelia Smith, daughter of William Smith & Abigail "Nabby" Adams
Caroline Sunshine, American actress
Caroline Aparecida Trentini, Brazilian fashion model
Caroline Ann O'Connor, Anglo-Australian singer
Caroline Pennell, American singer
Caroline Glaser, American singer
Caroline Glick, journalist
Caroline Hjelt, co-member of duo Icona Pop
Caroline Myss, American author
Caroline Manzo, TV personality
Caroline Proust, actress
Caroline Quentin, English actress
Caroline Ellis, actress
Caroline Rhea, Canadian comedienne
Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player
Caroline Zhang, American figure skater
Caroline Herring, American singer-songwriter
Caroline Ognibene, American child model; twin of brother Peter
Caroline Herschel, German astronomer
Caroline Weir, Scottish footballer
Caroline Olivia Manning (b. 2015), daughter of NFL player Eli Manning
Caroline Boone Estabrook (b. 2016), daughter of actress Megan Boone

Pop Culture References for the name Caroline

Caroline Channing, character on TV's "2 Broke Girls"
Caroline Forbes, character in book and TV series "The Vampire Diaries"
Caroline Bingley, character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Caroline Mathers, character in John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars"
Caroline McKinley, character in book "Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne
Caroline Farrell, character on TV's "Dollhouse"
Caroline Kraft, character in movie "Mean Girls"
Caroline Holden, character on TV's "Baywatch"
Caroline Abbott, character in the American Girl series
Caroline Mortier, character in 1951 French movie "Edward and Caroline"
Caroline Duffy, character on TV's "Caroline in the City"
Caroline Mitchell, character in movie "Serendipity"
Caroline Julian, character on TV's "Bones"
Caroline Wu, character in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series
Caroline Martha Hubbard, also known as Linda Arden, character in Hercule Poirot series
Caroline, character in video game "Portal"
Caroline Thibodeaux, main character in musical "Caroline, Or Change"
Caroline Irene "Carreen" O'Hara, character in "Gone with the Wind"
Caroline "Carol" Ferris, character in DC Universe
Caroline Penvenen, later Caroline Enys, character in TV's Poldark
Caroline Frankenstein. character in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Miss Caroline, character in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Caroline Records, record label
"Caroline No", a song by the Beach Boys
"Caroline, Yes", a song by the Kaiser Chiefs
"Sweet Caroline," song by Neil Diamond
"Caroline," song by Old Crow Medicine Show
Radio Caroline, one of the first pirate radio stations in the UK