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Quick Facts on Carolina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 429
ker-ə-LINE-ə; ker-ə-LEAN-ə
Simple meaning:
Free woman

Characteristics of Carolina

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Carolina

Carolina is the Latinate feminine form of the Medieval Latin male name, Carolus – which would eventually evolve into the English and French form of Charles. The name ultimately comes from the Germanic word “karl” which means ‘free man.’ Caroline became the French version (and ultimately the English by the 17th century). In England, Caroline was adopted by families in the upper-classes, probably influenced by the Stuart Kings Charles I and II. Caroline of Ansbach and Caroline of Brunswick were both Queen Consorts to King George II and IV, respectively. Another English name bearer, the aristocratic novelist Lady Caroline Lamb, had a well-publicized and passionate affair with the romantic poet Lord Byron. By the early 19th century, the name Caroline was firmly rooted in the aristocracy of England. The Latinate form of Carolina is more typically used among Spanish, Portuguese and Italian speakers. Carolina is currently a Top 50 name in Spain, and it’s also ranked high in Portugal, Brazil, and Chile.

Popularity of the Name Carolina

Carolina has never been as popular as her three-syllable sister (Caroline) in the United States, but she has held fast to the American female naming charts nonetheless. Carolina has generally maintained low to moderate usage. The low-point came during the 1950s and 1960s, but then she slowly rebounded during the latter part of the 20th century. The height of Carolina’s popularity was during the 1990s. This is when a certain naming trend began to emerge. American parents were opting for these more elaborate, fanciful Latinate versions of names. Julie became Julia, Gabrielle became Gabriella, Isabelle became Isabella, and Danielle became Daniella. More syllables, more fancy-pants and more feminine are these Latinate forms to their French and English counterparts. Similarly, Carolina has fared better on the charts than she has in the past. She’s still not as popular as Caroline, but she’s exercising that ‘freedom’ of hers and spreading those wings wider.
Popularity of the Girl Name Carolina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Carolina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Carolina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Carolina

    Carolina We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Carolina.

  • Popular Songs on Carolina

    Popular Songs on Carolina

    Blue Carolina - a song by Alkaline Trio

    C'Mon Through Carolina - a song by David Olney

    Carolina - a song by Patty Larkin

    Carolina - a song by Seu Jorge

    Carolina Blue - a song by Bucky Covington

    Carolina Blues - a song by Blues Traveler

    Carolina Heartache - a song by The Blue Dogs

    Carolina in My Mind - a song by James Taylor

    Carolina Rua - a song by Mary Black

    Good-bye to Carolina - a song by Lyle Lovett

    My Carolina Sunshine Girl - a song by Merle Haggard

    Oh Carolina - a song by Shaggy

    Oh Carolina - a song by Vince Gill

    Oh My Sweet Carolina - a song by Ryan Adams

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Carolina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Carolina

    Carolina Crow Girl (Valerie Hobbs) - Library School Journal says: “Although she loves her caring but naive mother and baby sister, Carolina longs to live in a house like other sixth graders instead of on a school bus parked on the edge of a rich family's property. And in this contemporary fairy tale, Carolina gets her wish-for the brief while it takes her to realize how much she wants and needs her own family, however imperfect and impoverished they are. Readers who have developed a taste for symbolism in their stories will enjoy this tale, while reluctant readers will find themselves quickly drawn in by Hobbs's strong characters and rapidly unfolding plot.” Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Carolina Harmony (Marilyn Taylor McDowell) - Carolina’s a runaway hiding out at Harmony Farm. Mr. Ray and Miss Latah treat Carolina as their own. For 10 years she lived easy with her parents in the North Carolina mountains. But it feels risky speaking about the accident that claimed them and her baby brother. And Carolina won’t reveal the year of living with Auntie Shen, her surrogate grandma who took ill and was taken away or how she, Carolina, had to live in foster homes. Then Russell, a troublemaker from the foster home Carolina ran away from, secretly comes to Harmony Farm. Believing he’s a friend, Carolina sneaks him food and takes the blame for his pranks, until one night, when something so terrible happens that Carolina runs away again. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Carolina's Gift: A Story of Peru (Katacha Diaz) - Carolina lives in a village up in the Andes mountains. Today she and her mother are traveling into town to find a birthday gift for Carolina's grandmother. There are so many things to see and so many gifts to choose from! Children will follow Carolina through her new experience. Carolina's Gift gives readers a fun and unique insight of a different culture, and a sense what life might be like for a child growing up in mountain village of Peru. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too! (Donna Rathmell) - Follow the photographic journal of Carolina, a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle, as she is nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital of the South Carolina Aquarium. Just like hospitalized children, Carolina experiences a variety of emotions and procedures during her care and recovery process. When she first arrives at the hospital, she is too sick, weak, and confused to understand what is happening. She has blood drawn, x-rays taken, gets shots, and is hydrated through an IV just as ill children may be! Join her as she interacts with her many caregivers and her sick or injured roommate turtles. Celebrate the happy day she is released back into the open ocean a healthy and happy turtle. An educational supplement is included in the back of the book which includes teaching trivia, conservation issues, a make-your-own sea turtle craft, and sea turtle math games. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Karl and Carolina Uncover the Parts of a Book (Sandy Bridget Donovan) - Karl and Carolina love to learn. This week, they want to learn about dinosaurs. Karl has lots of questions about books, and Carolina knows just how to answer them. Join Karl and Carolina as they explore the parts of a book. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Carolina

    Famous People Named Carolina

    Famous People Named Carolina - Carolina Herrera (fashion designer); Carolina Östberg (Swedish opera singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Carolina

    Children of Famous People Named Carolina

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Carolina - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Carolina.

Personality of the Girl Name Carolina

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Carolina

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