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 "If you were the Duggars...".
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.