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Colin

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123k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Colin

"Colin" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Nicholas". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Col"in
The American quail or bobwhite. The name is also applied to other related species. See Bobwhite.

Etymology: F. colin; prop. a dim. of Colas, contr. fr. Nicolas Nicholas

Wiktionary

Diminutive of Coll, a medieval short form of Nicholas. It has also been used to anglicize Irish Coilean and Scots Gaelic Cailean.

  1. A male given name
  2. A rather rare patronymic surname​.

Colin was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Colin

Colin Kaepernick is a football player. Colin was born on November 3rd, 1987 in Milwaukee.

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Colin Farrell is an actor. He was most active from 1997 to present. Colin was given the name Colin James Farrell on May 31st, 1976 in Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland.

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Colin Firth is an actor. He has been prominent since 1983. Colin was given the name Colin Andrew Firth on September 10th, 1960 in Grayshott.

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Colin Hanks is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Colin was given the name Colin Lewes Dillingham on November 24th, 1977 in Sacramento, California, U.S.

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Colin Powell is a 65th United States Secretary of State, 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and 16th National Security Advisor. His military service ended in 1993. Colin was born on April 5th, 1937.

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Richard Dawson was an actor, comedian, game show host, and panelist. His career lasted from 1960 to 1995. Richard was given the name Colin Lionel Emm on November 20th, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. He died on June 2nd, 2012.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Colin

Margaret Colin is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Margaret was born on May 26th, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Maxime Colin is a soccer player for the Brentford F.C., Arras Football Association, US Boulogne, Troyes AC, R.S.C. Anderlecht, and France national under-20 football team. Maxime was born on November 15th, 1991 in Arras, France.

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Gregoire was born on July 27th, 1975.

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Paul Colin was an artist. Paul was born on June 27th, 1892 in Nancy, France. He left this life on June 18th, 1985.

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Jürgen Colin is a soccer player for the Hapoel Ashkelon F.C., PSV Eindhoven, K.R.C. Genk, NAC Breda, Norwich City F.C., AFC Ajax, Sporting de Gijón, RKC Waalwijk, Anorthosis Famagusta FC, Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C., and Netherlands national under-21 football team. Jürgen was born on January 20th, 1981 in Utrecht.

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Jean Colin was a science fantasy, science fiction, mythopoeia, historical fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword, sorcery, novella, children's literature, fairy tale, lyric poetry, narrative poetry, and comic book writer. His career lasted from 1945 to 1984. Jean was born on May 1st, 1921 in Bucharest. He left this life on December 6th, 1991.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 6 0 6
1881 5 0 5
1882 5 0 5
1883 5 0 5
1885 6 0 6
1886 7 0 7
1887 6 0 6
1889 6 0 6
1890 6 0 6
1895 5 0 5
1896 6 0 6
1897 8 0 8
1898 5 0 5
1902 5 0 5
1904 8 0 8
1905 5 0 5
1907 6 0 6
1908 5 0 5
1909 5 0 5
1910 5 0 5
1911 7 0 7
1912 12 0 12
1913 17 0 17
1914 23 0 23
1915 31 0 31
1916 42 0 42
1917 42 0 42
1918 45 0 45
1919 43 0 43
1920 42 0 42
1921 35 0 35
1922 34 0 34
1923 43 0 43
1924 41 0 41
1925 39 0 39
1926 45 0 45
1927 41 0 41
1928 52 0 52
1929 40 0 40
1930 43 0 43
1931 28 0 28
1932 44 0 44
1933 50 0 50
1934 64 0 64
1935 54 0 54
1936 46 0 46
1937 52 0 52
1938 55 0 55
1939 55 0 55
1940 58 0 58
1941 75 0 75
1942 348 0 348
1943 321 0 321
1944 237 0 237
1945 125 0 125
1946 148 0 148
1947 176 0 176
1948 221 0 221
1949 211 0 211
1950 196 0 196
1951 194 0 194
1952 199 0 199
1953 213 0 213
1954 245 0 245
1955 255 0 255
1956 287 0 287
1957 269 0 269
1958 280 0 280
1959 323 0 323
1960 301 7 294
1961 355 0 355
1962 351 0 351
1963 397 5 392
1964 391 0 391
1965 454 0 454
1966 405 0 405
1967 447 0 447
1968 501 0 501
1969 593 10 583
1970 629 7 622
1971 669 7 662
1972 579 7 572
1973 565 5 560
1974 674 6 668
1975 707 0 707
1976 800 10 790
1977 840 12 828
1978 954 5 949
1979 1,152 12 1,140
1980 1,210 14 1,196
1981 1,245 16 1,229
1982 1,543 7 1,536
1983 1,570 12 1,558
1984 1,783 19 1,764
1985 1,754 17 1,737
1986 1,704 16 1,688
1987 2,113 17 2,096
1988 2,271 15 2,256
1989 2,621 17 2,604
1990 2,800 19 2,781
1991 2,309 15 2,294
1992 2,638 11 2,627
1993 2,909 14 2,895
1994 2,823 8 2,815
1995 2,634 5 2,629
1996 2,964 11 2,953
1997 3,108 10 3,098
1998 3,083 7 3,076
1999 3,086 6 3,080
2000 3,263 8 3,255
2001 3,180 10 3,170
2002 3,315 0 3,315
2003 4,882 7 4,875 #88 boy name
2004 5,147 25 5,122 #85 boy name
2005 4,539 8 4,531 #95 boy name
2006 3,863 5 3,858
2007 3,614 6 3,608
2008 3,728 0 3,728
2009 3,655 0 3,655
2010 3,486 0 3,486
2011 3,272 7 3,265
2012 3,021 0 3,021
2013 3,040 0 3,040
2014 2,885 5 2,880
2015 2,426 5 2,421
2016 2,045 0 2,045

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Popularity of Colin as a first name

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Popularity of Colin as a last name

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Common last names for Colin

  • Campbell
  • Smith
  • Macdonald
  • Brown
  • Chisholm
  • Mackenzie
  • Wilson
  • Mcdonald
  • Kelly
  • Cameron
  • Williams
  • Macleod
  • Davis
  • Mcrae

Common first names for Colin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Colin U.S.
  White 20.20% 64.26%
  African American 8.85% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.14% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.73% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 69.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name Colin

People with the last name Colin are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Colin

  • How Popular is the name Colin? Colin is the 560th most popular name of all time. As a last name Colin was the 4,270th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Colin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 122,954 babies born with the first name Colin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Colin to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Colin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Colin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Colin is Thursday, July 1st, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Colin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Colin was in 2004 with a total of 5,122 babies. That's a lot of babies named Colin!
  • Random Colin Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Colin ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 12 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Colin: Your name in reverse order is Niloc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lnioc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Colin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,318 people with the last name Colin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Colin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Colin as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.