Colleen

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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Colleen

"Colleen" is a name of American origin, and it means "Girl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Col*leen"
A girl; a maiden.

Etymology: Ir. cailin

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An Irish girl
Wiktionary

From the word colleen, Irish cailín (“girl”), not used as a name in Ireland. Colleen can also be interpreted as a variant of Coleen, which was a product of marketing by the Hollywood film industry (to promote a new starlet in the 1920s).

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Colleen

Colleen Wing is a comics character.

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Colleen Camp is an actress and film producer. She was most prominent from 1973 to present. Colleen was given the name Colleen Celeste Camp on June 7th, 1953 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Colleen Clinkenbeard is a voice actress, adr director, adr script writer, line producer, voice acting, and dubbing (filmmaking). She was most prominent from 2004 to present. Colleen was given the name Colleen Smith Clinkenbeard on April 13th, 1980 in Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.

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Colleen Dewhurst was a film, stage, television, and voice actress. Her career lasted from 1952 to 1952. Colleen was given the name Colleen Rose Dewhurst on June 3rd, 1924 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She left this life on August 22nd, 1991.

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Vitamin C is a pop, electropop, and alternative rock singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, and dance. She plays Vocals, bass, keyboards, Bass guitar, and Keyboard instrument. Her career lasted from 1991 to 1991. Vitamin was given the name Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick on July 20th, 1972.

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Colleen McCullough was a fiction, fantasy, and drama writer. Colleen was born on June 1st, 1937 in Wellington, New South Wales, Australia. She died on January 29th, 2015.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Colleen

Colleen is an ambient music and experimental music musician and composer. She was most active from 2001 to present. Colleen was given the name C├ęcile Schott in Paris. Colleen is also known as Colleen.

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Dorothy Geeben was a Mayor of Ocean Breeze Park and Florida. Dorothy was given the name Dorothy P. Colleen on March 31st, 1908 in Mondovi, Wisconsin. She breathed her last breath on January 11th, 2010.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1901 6 6 0
1903 5 5 0
1904 9 9 0
1905 6 6 0
1906 5 5 0
1907 10 10 0
1908 13 13 0
1909 18 18 0
1910 13 13 0
1911 13 13 0
1912 28 28 0
1913 26 26 0
1914 33 33 0
1915 52 52 0
1916 65 65 0
1917 69 69 0
1918 68 68 0
1919 46 46 0
1920 79 79 0
1921 112 112 0
1922 185 185 0
1923 311 311 0
1924 524 524 0
1925 696 696 0
1926 945 945 0
1927 1,068 1,062 6
1928 1,099 1,099 0
1929 1,067 1,067 0
1930 945 945 0
1931 761 761 0
1932 708 708 0
1933 680 675 5
1934 718 711 7
1935 671 671 0
1936 853 853 0
1937 740 740 0
1938 697 697 0
1939 665 665 0
1940 648 648 0
1941 601 601 0
1942 744 744 0
1943 768 768 0
1944 724 724 0
1945 817 812 5
1946 1,093 1,093 0
1947 1,268 1,268 0
1948 1,783 1,783 0
1949 2,032 2,032 0
1950 2,618 2,618 0
1951 3,049 3,049 0
1952 3,473 3,473 0
1953 3,383 3,376 7
1954 3,484 3,484 0
1955 3,869 3,869 0
1956 3,901 3,896 5
1957 3,893 3,887 6
1958 3,931 3,924 7
1959 4,342 4,336 6
1960 4,455 4,448 7
1961 4,526 4,514 12
1962 4,429 4,429 0
1963 4,452 4,444 8 #98 girl name
1964 4,556 4,542 14 #94 girl name
1965 4,041 4,030 11 #93 girl name
1966 3,758 3,745 13 #92 girl name
1967 3,629 3,622 7 #96 girl name
1968 3,491 3,485 6
1969 3,424 3,413 11
1970 3,340 3,327 13
1971 2,960 2,950 10
1972 2,513 2,503 10
1973 2,313 2,307 6
1974 2,356 2,346 10
1975 2,112 2,101 11
1976 2,051 2,044 7
1977 2,005 1,997 8
1978 2,057 2,057 0
1979 2,145 2,134 11
1980 2,139 2,124 15
1981 2,076 2,068 8
1982 2,153 2,145 8
1983 2,018 2,009 9
1984 2,073 2,067 6
1985 1,965 1,950 15
1986 1,849 1,842 7
1987 1,755 1,746 9
1988 1,708 1,702 6
1989 1,821 1,809 12
1990 1,808 1,808 0
1991 1,600 1,600 0
1992 1,669 1,669 0
1993 1,583 1,583 0
1994 1,413 1,413 0
1995 1,256 1,256 0
1996 1,059 1,059 0
1997 1,003 1,003 0
1998 843 843 0
1999 690 690 0
2000 609 609 0
2001 636 636 0
2002 500 500 0
2003 432 432 0
2004 382 382 0
2005 346 340 6
2006 295 295 0
2007 244 244 0
2008 226 226 0
2009 215 215 0
2010 202 202 0
2011 154 154 0
2012 148 148 0
2013 148 148 0
2014 116 116 0
2015 114 114 0
2016 102 102 0

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Popularity of Colleen as a first name

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Common last names for Colleen

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Taylor
  • Young
  • Kelly
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Scott
  • Thomas

Fun Facts about the name Colleen

  • How Popular is the name Colleen? Colleen is the 435th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Colleen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 162,393 babies born with the first name Colleen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Colleen to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Colleen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1901 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Colleen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Colleen is Monday, April 30th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Colleen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Colleen was in 1964 with a total of 4,542 babies. That's a lot of babies named Colleen!
  • Random Colleen Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Colleen ranks 63rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 66 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Colleen: Your name in reverse order is Neelloc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Neclloe. 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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