Carolyn

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556k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Carolyn

"Carolyn" is a name of English origin, and it means "Little womanly one". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A female given name, a variant of Caroline used since the 19th century.

Notable Persons Named Carolyn

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy was a calvin klein saleswoman, publicist, calvin klein, and calvin kleinsaleswoman. Carolyn was given the name Carolyn Jeanne Bessette on January 7th, 1966 in White Plains, New York, U.S. Carolyn is also known as Bessette and Carolyn Jeanne. She left this life on July 16th, 1999.

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Carol Kane is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 1971. Carol was given the name Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18th, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

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Carolyn Jones was an actress and singer. Her career lasted from 1952 to 1983. Carolyn was given the name Carolyn Sue Jones on April 28th, 1930 in Amarillo, Texas, United States. She breathed her last breath on August 3rd, 1983.

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Carolyn Dennis is a rock music singing. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1978 to 1985. Carolyn was born in 1954.

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Carolyn Kepcher is a vice president and general manager of the aspetuck valley country club. Carolyn was born on January 30th, 1969 in Westchester County, New York.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Carolyn

Axelle Carolyn is a filmmaker. Axelle was born on April 3rd, 1979 in Brussels, Belgium. Axelle is also known as Axelle Carolyn Marshall.

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How popular is the baby name Carolyn in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 80 80 0
1881 60 60 0
1882 62 62 0
1883 58 58 0
1884 75 75 0
1885 86 86 0
1886 82 82 0
1887 97 97 0
1888 123 123 0
1889 133 133 0
1890 124 124 0
1891 110 110 0
1892 122 122 0
1893 146 146 0
1894 147 147 0
1895 148 148 0
1896 149 149 0
1897 145 145 0
1898 169 169 0
1899 141 141 0
1900 185 185 0
1901 148 148 0
1902 179 179 0
1903 157 157 0
1904 183 183 0
1905 210 210 0
1906 184 184 0
1907 184 184 0
1908 280 280 0
1909 299 299 0
1910 331 331 0
1911 387 387 0
1912 517 517 0
1913 676 676 0
1914 835 835 0
1915 1,106 1,096 10
1916 1,216 1,216 0
1917 1,228 1,223 5
1918 1,329 1,329 0
1919 1,330 1,330 0
1920 1,556 1,556 0
1921 1,753 1,753 0
1922 1,706 1,706 0
1923 2,017 2,010 7
1924 2,226 2,221 5
1925 2,200 2,191 9
1926 2,414 2,414 0
1927 2,812 2,804 8 #99 girl name
1928 2,856 2,847 9 #91 girl name
1929 3,282 3,272 10 #77 girl name
1930 3,745 3,725 20 #72 girl name
1931 4,026 4,009 17 #60 girl name
1932 4,600 4,586 14 #46 girl name
1933 5,059 5,040 19 #41 girl name
1934 6,492 6,470 22 #33 girl name
1935 6,991 6,968 23 #28 girl name
1936 7,937 7,907 30 #23 girl name
1937 8,983 8,939 44 #20 girl name
1938 10,625 10,585 40 #15 girl name
1939 11,331 11,290 41 #14 girl name
1940 12,702 12,656 46 #15 girl name
1941 16,333 16,273 60 #11 girl name
1942 20,039 19,979 60 #10 girl name
1943 20,436 20,360 76 #11 girl name
1944 18,739 18,670 69 #11 girl name
1945 17,290 17,240 50 #12 girl name
1946 19,948 19,901 47 #12 girl name
1947 20,790 20,744 46 #15 girl name
1948 18,656 18,616 40 #14 girl name
1949 17,431 17,402 29 #17 girl name
1950 15,616 15,591 25 #20 girl name
1951 15,240 15,205 35 #22 girl name
1952 14,316 14,278 38 #24 girl name
1953 12,940 12,910 30 #25 girl name
1954 12,185 12,156 29 #27 girl name
1955 11,203 11,172 31 #30 girl name
1956 10,669 10,637 32 #33 girl name
1957 11,594 11,569 25 #33 girl name
1958 10,842 10,810 32 #37 girl name
1959 9,767 9,734 33 #42 girl name
1960 9,431 9,406 25 #43 girl name
1961 10,528 10,503 25 #42 girl name
1962 9,720 9,692 28 #46 girl name
1963 8,153 8,121 32 #56 girl name
1964 8,092 8,066 26 #56 girl name
1965 6,991 6,969 22 #58 girl name
1966 6,142 6,122 20 #60 girl name
1967 5,741 5,715 26 #60 girl name
1968 5,552 5,536 16 #61 girl name
1969 5,152 5,135 17 #71 girl name
1970 4,534 4,521 13 #84 girl name
1971 3,615 3,608 7
1972 3,007 2,994 13
1973 2,581 2,570 11
1974 2,483 2,475 8
1975 2,355 2,348 7
1976 2,121 2,115 6
1977 2,207 2,196 11
1978 2,185 2,175 10
1979 2,062 2,055 7
1980 1,936 1,929 7
1981 1,968 1,958 10
1982 2,017 2,009 8
1983 1,923 1,913 10
1984 1,833 1,824 9
1985 1,847 1,837 10
1986 1,748 1,737 11
1987 1,824 1,813 11
1988 1,810 1,802 8
1989 1,826 1,809 17
1990 1,724 1,715 9
1991 1,566 1,559 7
1992 1,518 1,518 0
1993 1,478 1,478 0
1994 1,229 1,229 0
1995 1,181 1,175 6
1996 1,208 1,208 0
1997 1,061 1,061 0
1998 901 901 0
1999 1,036 1,036 0
2000 1,029 1,029 0
2001 868 868 0
2002 820 820 0
2003 700 700 0
2004 729 729 0
2005 625 625 0
2006 585 585 0
2007 495 495 0
2008 448 448 0
2009 426 426 0
2010 378 378 0
2011 371 371 0
2012 358 358 0
2013 346 346 0
2014 374 374 0
2015 373 373 0
2016 349 349 0

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Popularity of Carolyn as a first name

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Common last names for Carolyn

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Lewis
  • Walker

Fun Facts about the name Carolyn

  • How Popular is the name Carolyn? Carolyn is the 109th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Carolyn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 556,128 babies born with the first name Carolyn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carolyn to occupy the country of Solomon Islands with an estimated population of 553,935 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carolyn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 80 new born babies.
  • When was Carolyn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carolyn is Thursday, November 12th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Carolyn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carolyn was in 1947 with a total of 20,744 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carolyn!
  • Random Carolyn Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carolyn ranks 27th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Delaware. Imagine that, 14 babies in Delaware have the same name as you in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Carolyn: Your name in reverse order is Nylorac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Anrlocy. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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