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Gender: Female Meaning of Colleen: "girl" Origin of Colleen: Irish

The name Colleen is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "girl". Colleen and is often added to lists like Midcentury Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Midcentury Irish-American favorite, never used in Ireland itself, being the generic word for "girl"; rarely given today.

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Famous People Named Colleen

Colleen Rose Dewhurst, American actress
Colleen Kay Hutchins, Miss America 1952
Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick aka Vitamin C, American pop singer-songwriter
Colleen Houck, American novelist
Colleen Ballinger, American YouTuber and actress, creator of "Miranda Sings"
Colleen Smith Clinkenbeard, American voice actress
Colleen Moore (born Kathleen Morrison), American silent film actress
Colleen P. Jones, Canadian curler and TV commentator
Colleen Margaretta McCullough, Australian novelist
Colleen Celeste Camp, American actress
Colleen Wakako Hanabusa, U.S. Congresswoman from Hawaii
Colleen Ann O'Shaughnessey (Villard), American voice actress
Colleen Doran, American comics artist and writer
Colleen aka Cecile Schott, French ambient musician
Colleen Dion-Scotti, American actress
Colleen "Coco" Vandeweghe, American tennis player
Colleen Marie Haskell, American reality TV personality ("Survivor")
Colleen McEdwards, Canadian news anchor
Colleen Zenk, American actress
Allie Colleen Brooks, daughter of singer Garth Brooks

Pop Culture References for the name Colleen

Colleen Goodwin, character in the movie "Source Code"
Colleen Cooper, adopted daughter of Dr. Quinn on TV's "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
Colleen Wing, character in the series "Marvel's Iron Fist"
Colleen Brandon Ortega, character on TV's "Life in Pieces"


rayleemarie Says:


It's a plenty real name! I know 3 Colleen's, one being my sister.

cricketbell Says:


I love it. Colleen Wing totally made this name awesome for me :)

colleen moore Says:


It is a real name. It just means "girl" in ireland so a baby is rarely named that in Ireland.

ThistleThorn Says:


Funny, I know a girl whose name is Caelan (pronounced like Cailin) and her mom's name is Colleen.

Daiseymae Says:


Me too.

Daiseymae Says:


It has been a real name here in the States for nearly 70 years or more. I think it is very pretty too.

ThistleThorn Says:


I don't care if this sounds "dated", I still love it. I also see it a little as a feminization of Colin.

Guest Says:


Ironic. This is the anglicization/phonetic spelling of the word Cailín which literally just means girl and Cailin is popular one now.

Elizabeth_Colleen Says:


Colleen is a real name, it is my middle name. I was given this as a middle name because I am Irish. If it were not a name it would not be on this website.

Gr19 Says:


Not a real name. Just the (incorrectly spelled) word for girl.