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Gender: Female Meaning of Carolyn: "free man" Origin of Carolyn: Variation of Caroline Carolyn's Popularity in 2017: #841

The name Carolyn is a girl's name meaning "free man". Carolyn is ranked #841 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Midcentury Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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 Shoemaker, American astronomer
Carolyn Gimpel Hart, American mystery novelist
Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American poet
Carolyn Doris "C.D." Wright, American poet
Carolyn Leigh, American lyricist
Carolyn Ann Franklin, American singer; sister of Aretha Franklin
Carolyn Jane Maloney, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Carolyn McCarthy, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Carolyn Jean Cheeks Kilpatrick, U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan
Carolyn Sue Jones, American actress
Carolyn Inez McCormick, American actress
Carolyn Seymour, English actress
Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Canadian country music singer
Carolyn Hax, American advice columnist
Carolyn George, American ballerina
Carolyn See, American novelist
Carolyn Keene, pen name used by writers of the Nancy Drew book series
Carolyn Murphy, American model and host of "Project Runway All Stars"
Carolyn Cassady, American writer
Carolyn Hennessy, American Author and Actress
Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy Jr.
Carolyn London, mother of model/TV personality Tyra Banks

Pop Culture References for the name Carolyn

Carolyn Burnham, character in the film "American Beauty"
Carolyn, character in novelette "The Hot Moms Club" by author Tina Tirrell
Carolyn Stoddard in the show "House of Dark Shadows" & adaptions
Carolyn Polhemus, character in movie "Presumed Innocent"