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This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Caroline in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Caroline:

  • Records indicate that 202,597 girls in the United States have been named Caroline since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2000, when 5,018 people in the U.S. were given the name Caroline. Those people are now 20 years old.

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      45 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Caroline and like many commenters have said, lots of older people call me Carolyn and even write it on papers, addresses, and in emails. I hate that pronunciation as it sounds old and like a 40-60 year old aunt. No hate on 40-60 year old aunts, I just feel like a 19 year old shouldn't be called that. I also can't stand the song "Sweet Caroline' because it was constantly played for me. Family tends to call me Caro or Liney, and I've used CeCe instead of Caroline C. when there are multiple Carolines. I've had a significant other refer to me as Caro and Car, which I thought was cute but the latter always sounded weird to me. I think my name works for all ages and will continue to fit me as I age." Jun. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Caroline i love my name i know 2 more girl that are named Caroline and only 1 of them comes to mt school. i hate being called Carolyn my teacher Mrs. Deming calls me Carolyn and when i tell her it's Caroline she said that she said that she called me Caroline sometimes i want to have a different name but i really do LOVE Caroline" Apr. 7, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline and I love it! I was the only Caroline in my graduating class. Now that I'm in college, there are more Carolines. However, everyone calls me Carolyn. It's so annoying, but I tell them to pronounce it like it's spelled. CaroLINE." Sep. 18, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is caroline and i do love my name :) sometimes im abit self conscious as my friends have more up to date names, and now at uni im known as 'cass'. but ill always love being caroline :)" May. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sweet Caroline! It's been attributed on some sites as meaning "song of happiness; joy."" Apr. 1, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Names Caroline Caz for short i love it i was the only one in many of my schools with it and the only one in the little town i grew up in hated it when i was little cause it was so long but now i love it!!" Jan. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is caroline and i love it! but, like the others, people call me carolyn all the time and it bugs me so much! caroline is definately a better name" May. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Caroline. That is the only name my husband and i agree on. I want it to be pronounced care-oh-line" Apr. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I changed my name to Caroline from Carrie many years ago. I have never regretted the change. I love my name. It is a name that I feel happy with as I get older. I like first names that are not so popular that they seem common or ordinary or that date a person, while at the same time I like names that have a long history and are known in various versions throughout Europe. I also like to choose names that could conceivably be a name of one of one's ancestors, or someone who is really smart, or a king or queen. I also like the idea of choosing a longer name for a baby, giving the child the option of choosing a shorter nickname if they wish when they are older. The name Caroline meets all of my stringent requirements." Apr. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline and I love love love it. I like it much better then Carolyn even though that is what I am ALWAYS called! I am proud of my name and I want it to be used correctly. Sometimes my teachers call on me and they say "Carolyn" so I say "CaroLINE actually" and they say "Oh, sorry Carolyn." :/" Nov. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and when I was young there were only 2 of us in school known as Caroline. Like comments above I hated being called Carolyn!! My name has never really been shortened apart from Caz or my Grandad called me Carrie Ann which I also liked." Nov. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom's name is Karoline. That is how most people would spell it in Norway. The odd part is that we live in Alberta and there is a town called Caroline, Alberta." Jul. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Cassie but I've always wanted to be named Caroline, it just sounds so full and fun to write and uniqe enough so that people know it but it's not over used like Britney or Rachel. (My best friends names) Ha. :) Over all it's a cool and uncommon name that you can get lost in." Jul. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline! It's an awesome Name! I'm 12, and in school there are like 3 madisons! When someone calls one of them they have to say something like Madison P, or Madison R! Caroline is more unique!" Jun. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline. When I was little, I wanted to be called by my middle name (Grace) SO BAD! I HATED Caroline. Nobody knew how to say it! When I got older, people got better about it. It's not so bad anymore;) I'd much rather be a CAROLINE than a CAROLYN!!" Jan. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my nameŭs Caroline :D When I was younger I always wished my name was Lucy or Kate,and I still like those names, but not I like Caroline as well ;)" Nov. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is "Karolyne". My parent's changed to spelling of Caoline to Karolyne. I love my name and would never change it but i ALWAYS have to correct teachers on how to say it." Oct. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, I get annoyed when I'm called Carolyn just because my name's CaroLINE. I don't mind being called Caro though." Sep. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like this name! Similar to carolyn but i like this version better." Jun. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom's name is Caroline. She likes it except when people are always pronouncing it Carolyn or even spelling it that way." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friends name is caroline and it means 'beautiful woman' or 'feminine'. :) It think its a cute name. ^^" Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Omigod I love that name. It's just so regal and gorgeous! Definately my number #1 choice for my future daughter. Her nn would be Cara." Feb. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i hate when teachers pronounce my name Carolyn now most people think thats my name. Sometimes I want a nickname but I cant think of one so i get mad. All in all its okay" Dec. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is also caroline, and i love it. the 1800th feel to it, and the uniquness. many people still accidently call me carolyn or carolina, but over all many people dont get confused. the only thing i dislike is how popular its gotten! :]" Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline, as well, and I adore it. I used to hate it when I was really little, and wished I had a really common name like Emily or Katie, but now as I teenager, Caroline fits me to a tee. No one calls me anything but Caroline, and though people often confuse it for 'Carolyn' and 'Carolina,' I always correct them and refuse to answer to either name. ^_^ At one point a friend tried to shorten my name to Caro, but that lasted only a few months before I was Caroline again. I think it's a beautiful name." Jun. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest daughter is named Caroline. My Dr. always asks if she fits her name "Sweet Caroline" from the song. Most of the time she does, but at 2 the horror movie "Carrie" sometimes makes a showing. We picked this name so that her personality would fit it with either name/nickname. I wasn't planning on calling her Cara but her older sister started that and we do sometimes too!" Apr. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the spelling of 'Caroline' but pronounced as 'Carolyn'. How mental is that? In Holland they pronounce it 'Cuh-roh-lEE-neh'" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i really love this name, so i chose it as my English name when i was in high school 7 years ago. It sounds elegant and beautiful~~" Feb. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is caroline also, and i agree with all of us who correct those who cannot pronounce what is clearly written in black and white. my husband used to get mad at me but it is MY name not his that is being abused. it would also happen with my daughters name, Kristin. how hard is that!" Jan. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Caroline is my name and as a child I felt it ws stuffy but as an adult - I adore it. I get compliments all the time on how classy and beautiful my name is. People will try to call you Carol though." Dec. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a "Caroline" and it is very frustrating to be called "Carolyn" or "Carolina". I've even had it shortened to Caro or Carol. All of which are unacceptable. When I was younger, I would let it go, as I get older, I correct it each time. Growing up, friends would call the house asking for "Carolyn" and my mother would tell them they had the wrong number." Dec. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know a woman named Caroline...she goes by Caro. I really like that nickname." Oct. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Caroline because I thing it is the most beautiful name in the world. It is regal and feminine & it fits her perfectly. Sometimew people mistakenly call her Carolyn, but we correct them. We like to call her the whole name with the emphasis on the last syllable - we never call her Carrie." Oct. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "How special it is to be part of the elite number of people with this truly individual name. Thankyou mother, for this blessing." Oct. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE my name - it's classic but not as common as other classic names. I am often called Carolyn and I never understand why people don't seem to get the difference between the names. Carolyn sounds tacky to me, but Caroline is feminine and classy." Oct. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughter's name and here in the UK is unusual. It was very common at the turn of the 19th Century though. I love old names." Aug. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name (even though you don't hear it often). When my family lived in Germany these last few years, it was often mispronounced and spelled the wrong way. I have only heard of three other girls named Caroline and only one of them personally. I think it is a beautiful name and I'm glad it's mine." Jul. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Caroline. i kind of like my name. people often mispronounce it though." Jul. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline and I love it though I'm called Kim by my friends and family. My mother insisted that if I was to have a nickname, it would not be Carol, and picked Kim the name of a childhood friend." May. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE THIS NAME (maybe thats only becuase it is mine...)! Its very pretty." Mar. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2 year old daughter is Caroline McKay. It is not very common here so that is why we chose that name. I do get aggravated when people say "Carolyn" but it happens all the time. Sure didnt think about that. But I love the name and it fits her perfect. Very southern." Feb. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Caroline in the UK. I never used to like the name but as I've got older it's grown on me. People often call me Carolyn by accident and unfortunately some people shorten it to Caz." Dec. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name and named one of my twin daughters Caroline. It is beautiful and feminine." Jul. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Caroline is a pretty name. I love the nickname Carrie. Famous people with this name are Princess Caroline of Monaco and Caroline Kennedy." Jul. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Caroline is not so common. Most people say Carolyn. If they do call me Carolyn , I will correct them. The only people that call me Caroline are the ones I work with. My family calls me Carol. Although I had a great-aunt named Caroline, I was named after Caroline Kennedy and Princess Caroline." Jun. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "my friend caroline is a bot, therefore i hate the name" Nov. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm sorry to say but I am very glad that my name is Carolyn and *not* Caroline! People sometimes mistakenly call me or address me by mail as Caroline. I don't like any name that has the word line in it. At least Carolyn is a combination of two women's names,Carol and Lyn but line doesn't sound nice and no woman would be named line!" May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm sorry to say but I am very glad that my name is Carolyn and *not* Caroline! Peole sometimes mistakenly call me or address me by mail as Caroline. I don't like any name that has the word line in it. At least Carolyn is a combination of two women's names,Carol and Lyn but line doesn't sound nice and no woman would be named line!" May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "I love the name; it?s elegant. My parents shortened it to Cal which I also love, when I was a child. This was before the film ?Cal? came out in Ireland. I like it that it is not too popular." Aug. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline and I love it. I was named after Caroline Kennedy. I prefer girls names that do not end in the letter a. Caroline is a strong name, but femimine and sphistcated at the same time." Aug. 5, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Caroline AND LINE CAN BE IN A NAME! I know a Line so it can be a single name. Caroline is my sister's name" Nov. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Also line sounds harsh and sounds like a line on a page or waiting in line in a store!" May. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Caroline and teachers always call me carolyn and i try to correct them.. but sometimes i just cant correct them enough" Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was my great-grandmother and mother's name. I always liked it. My mother was very specific that it be pronounced CARE-OH-LINE, not Carolyn." Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Caroline is my name. And it's the bomb. Until people pronounce it "Carolyn". And that's no good at all. But the name Caroline is common enough so that people have heard it before, but not enough so that there's multiple Carolines in classes, etc. I love it!" Oct. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I call my bff named Caroline Car b/c its the 1st 3 letters and its her initials" Aug. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline. My initials are CAB! Funny, huh? I don't go by any nicknames tohugh my parents have tried getting away with calling me Caro or Carrie. My sister calls me Caz every chance she gets. But luckily my friends from school just dont care. :)!" Jul. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a close friend called Caroline, she is the most helpful and thoughtful person I have met, she is crazy, loud and extremly loveable." May. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My younger sister is Caroline...mum and dad debated over what to name her for about a week, but soon settled on Caroline Louise. As kids we called her Carrie but when she started school she was always referred to as Caz - and has stuck with it ever since! :-)" Apr. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my baby Caroline last year. She is now 15 months. It is a BEAUTIFUL name! Unfortunately, some people pronounce it Carolyn... which I dont understand because Caroline is not an uncommon name! But aside from that, I have been very happy with her name." Jan. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline. People often call me "Carolyn." I have even signed emails "Caroline," only to receive a reply that opens "Dear Carolyn," etc. While I have been introduced to only two or three Carolyns in my lifetime, I have attended school with over five different Carolines and encountered many more. I realize my experience is not representative of the greater population; however, I wonder how Caroline can be so common and yet so consistently mispronounced and misspelled." Jan. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Mama's name is Caroline and I love her so much. Everytime I hear that name every bit of her aura just comes to my soul and makes me smile. It's a very femine, sweet, gentle name." Dec. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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