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Carolyn

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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 149 149 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 4,024 4,008 16 #60 girl name
1932 4,600 4,586 14 #46 girl name
1933 5,060 5,041 19 #41 girl name
1934 6,491 6,469 22 #33 girl name
1935 6,990 6,967 23 #28 girl name
1936 7,937 7,907 30 #23 girl name
1937 8,984 8,940 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 20,040 19,980 60 #10 girl name
1943 20,436 20,360 76 #11 girl name
1944 18,739 18,670 69 #11 girl name
1945 17,288 17,238 50 #12 girl name
1946 19,947 19,900 47 #12 girl name
1947 20,789 20,743 46 #15 girl name
1948 18,654 18,614 40 #14 girl name
1949 17,433 17,404 29 #17 girl name
1950 15,621 15,596 25 #20 girl name
1951 15,232 15,197 35 #22 girl name
1952 14,316 14,277 39 #24 girl name
1953 12,939 12,909 30 #25 girl name
1954 12,184 12,155 29 #27 girl name
1955 11,202 11,171 31 #30 girl name
1956 10,668 10,636 32 #33 girl name
1957 11,595 11,570 25 #33 girl name
1958 10,840 10,808 32 #37 girl name
1959 9,768 9,735 33 #42 girl name
1960 9,434 9,409 25 #43 girl name
1961 10,523 10,498 25 #42 girl name
1962 9,721 9,693 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 5,742 5,716 26 #60 girl name
1968 5,552 5,536 16 #61 girl name
1969 5,151 5,134 17 #71 girl name
1970 4,533 4,520 13 #84 girl name
1971 3,616 3,609 7
1972 3,008 2,995 13
1973 2,580 2,569 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 1,969 1,959 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 1,827 1,810 17
1990 1,723 1,714 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 1,180 1,174 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 821 821 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 425 425 0
2010 377 377 0
2011 371 371 0
2012 358 358 0
2013 346 346 0
2014 374 374 0
2015 371 371 0

Fun Facts about the name Carolyn

  • How many people with the first name Carolyn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 555,764 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 20,743 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carolyn!
  • Random Carolyn Factoid: According to the 1951 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carolyn ranks 10th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 576 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1951.
  • 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 Rnlyoca. How do you pronounce that?

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Popularity of Carolyn as a first name

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Popularity of Carolyn as a last name

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Common last names for Carolyn

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

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Carolyn" mean? The list below shows the origins of Carolyn as well as things modernly associated with the name Carolyn such as celebrities named Carolyn.

English

Origin and Meaning of Carolyn

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

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

Notable Persons With the Name Carolyn

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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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Carolyn Davidson

Carolyn Davidson is an important individual.

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  • Carolyn A. Brent
    (author)
  • Callie Khouri
    (writer)
  • Carolyn Lawrence
    (actress/voice actress)
  • C. J. Cherryh
    (novelist)
  • Carolyn Maloney
    (office holder)
  • Carolyn Hennesy
    (actress/writer)
  • Carrie Nye
    (actress)
  • Carolyn Craig
    (actress)
  • Carolyn Goodman
    (Mayor of Las Vegas)
  • Carolyn Julia McCall
    (important person)
  • Carolyn Widney Greider
    (important individual)
  • Carolyn Bennett
    (Minister of Indigenous)
  • Carolyn Wonderland
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Carolyn McCarthy
    (office holder)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Carolyn

Axelle 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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What does the name Carolyn mean?

Cis for confident, no doubts here!

Ais for affectionate, to those that matter most to you

Ris for rock star, let it out!

Ois for openness, it's refreshing!

Lis for loyalty, that you show.

Yis for youthful, your eternal look.

Nis for novel, don't get too complicated!

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