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Origin: Greek
Meaning: People's Victory

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Colin

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Colin in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Colin:

  • Records indicate that 111,145 boys in the United States have been named Colin since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2004, when 5,118 people in the U.S. were given the name Colin. Those people are now 17 years old.

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    Comments about the name Colin

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      16 Positive Comments

  • "Colin is a really nice name (I would know lol), and the pronunciation depends on where you are. I found my American cousins have a phrase. "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." Pronounced "Git" so I can see how some pronounce it "Cal-lin". My experience with the name I like to use "Caw-lin" as it's a softer sound, making the name more comfortable to pronounce." Mar. 16, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its the best name ever because its so adorable and it will also be one of my son's names" May. 8, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I often shorten it to Col.... maybe that's an Australian thing. But then Americans pronounce it Cole. You can't win" Dec. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wonderful boyfriend is named Colin and perhaps I am biased, but I believe it is a beautiful name that would be good at any age, and it is very masculine without sounding too "rough." It reminds me of how gentle and sweet he is :)" Dec. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ok, so for the person who said naming your child Colin was like naming him "anis": You are confused. You are thinking about the organ inside your body spelled c-o-l-o-n. The name is spelled C-o-l-i-n. The only person I've herd of who pronounces their name like the organ is Colin Powell. My son's name is Colin, and he is 9 years old. There has never once been a person who has mispronounced his name. I just felt the need to defent my son's awesome name. ;)" Dec. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am proud to be named colin, and despise the mispronunciation of my name by a large majority of people, i still like it. it also irks me when people spell it with two Ls. Collin is just incorrect." Dec. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is an awesome name. Colin is pronounced "Callin" not Colon. Get it straight folks" May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Colin in 1994, at first everyone called him Colon which was disturbing to me. But, later a singer and other celebrities were made known with the same name. Now there are several boys with the name in our area alone." Jan. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I see this name I think of the spoiled invalid Colin Craven who threw tantrums and thought that a lump was growing on his spine. I love this name!" Dec. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Colin. It's a nicely unique name in the United States, though there's the whole Cah-lin Coh-lin problem since I go by Cah-lin, which is tied into spelling apparently. I usually simply joke to people, "I'm not a rectal cavity or punctuation mark" and that gets them over the pronunciation problem. In all honestly I like my name, but probably wouldn't give it as a first name to my own son." Jul. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name I names my first son Colin James. I love how it just roles off the tongue. I don't meet to many people with this name and I love that. My name is Stefanie and I don't run into to many people with this name either. Stefanie from South Dakota" Mar. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes - my 20 yr old son's name is Colin. In 1986 when he was born, it was not a very popular name. He's taken some heavy flack from people mis prounouncing his very masculine, very beautiful name. I named him this because I wanted a Scots name for him. I have two other sons as well, Devon and Seth. Colin is in the middle ;->" Jun. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think the "Colon" pronunciation is strictly an American thing. They're the only ones who ever mispronounce my name. What's also annoying is that so many people use the alternative double 'L' spelling and don't bother to ask me which one I use." May. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our first born son, Colin. Love the name, Irish and strong. And while common, not too common. Havent run into another Colin yet his age." Feb. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "" This is an awesome boys name, my boyfriends name is Colin and it suits him perfectly!!!"" Jan. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We chose our Son's name as a namesake to my father. It's a rareity to find another Colin in a classroom or school for that fact ~ however, we do encounter his name occasionally pronounced as "Colon" ARRGGG!!!" Aug. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I absolutely despise this name because i had a horrible experience with a dude named Colin!!! :(" Jan. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Would you name your kid Anis? I don't think why Colin??????" Feb. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      11 Neutral Comments

  • "My local church assistant?s name is Colin G. And he?s a total nutcase! HE GAVE MY BEST FRIEND?S DAUGHTER A ?C? ON A PERFECTLY GOOD ASSESSMENT TASK BECAUSE SHE WASNT CATHOLIC.✝️✝️" Jan. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always been known a CO-Lin with a deep o.Callin is spelled Collin.We are not in Ireland now." May. 6, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kids and adults will constantly toy the name into Colon this is done at interduction so - first impression. IMPORTANT... Colin - " call in " to work and its phych priority never manifest correctly due to the name. It can be pronounce cu-lin for individualism." Mar. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "No kidding, people call me colon for the pure fun of, its pretty frustrating." Feb. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Master Colin, we've brought the machine for your legs." Aug. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriends name is colin and i like to call him collywal. i think its a great name and the nick names even better!!! whohooo" Jan. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 23 year old cousin named Colin and I think it's an adorable name. We also had a great uncle in his 90's named Colin who recently passed away. I HATE when ignorant people mispronounce the name as COLON. I also don't care for the spelling "Collin" with two l's." Dec. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriend is called colin, I call him colon. Its such an old phogey name." Nov. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriends name is colin- he is from canada- most people pronounce it correctly. I have never met another colin before" Oct. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Colin but I've never really liked it that much. I've always thought it a little bland. I'm wondering if the increase in popularity in the last decade is anything to do with the US General/Secretary of State Colin Powell? I've always found it much more common in Australia when I've visited but I gave up correcting people in Ireland who kept calling me Colm." Apr. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have learned, in fact, that Colin Powell's parents intended for his name to be pronounced "callin'" but he quit correcting people somewhere along his political career." Feb. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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