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 "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
From the experts:
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.