The name Colin is a boy's name of Scottish, Greek, Irish origin meaning "pup". Colin is ranked #228 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names from Harry Potter and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".
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Thanks to its dashing Anglo-Irish image--due partly to Colins Firth and Farrell-- and its c-initialed two-syllable sound, Colin and its cousin Collin have enjoyed a long run of popularity, reaching as high as Number 84 in 2004.
The usual pronunciation of Colin is COLL-in, but the alternate COLE-in version was publicized by General Colin Powell, the first U.S. African-American Secretary of State, who was named after World War II hero Colin Kelly.
Literary cred: Colin Craven is a character in The Secret Garden, and Colin Creevey appears in the Harry Potter books.
Both Kevin James and Kiss's Paul Stanley have young sons named Colin, while Tom Hanks has a grown one.