Quick Facts on Colin
- Celtic, English, Gaelic, Scottish
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Cub, young one
Etymology & Historical Origin - Colin
In England, the name Colin originated as a pet form of the name Nicholas. In Scotland, however, the name comes from its own source; from the Gaelic “caileán” which means ‘cub’ or ‘young one’. It could also be derived from the word “coll” meaning ‘high, chieftain’. In any case, the name was used by the Scottish clan the Campbells, borne by their original ancestor, Sir Colin Campbell (also known as Colin the Great). Colin is thought to be the cousin of Robert the Bruce (King Robert I of Scotland), and he fought during the Wars of Scottish Independence in medieval times. He was considered a principal baron of Argyll, where future Dukes and Earls would claim descent from him by styling themselves “Mac Cailean Mór” (son of Colin).
Popularity of the Name Colin
The name Colin has been around for 100 years in America, but took almost that long to do anything meaningful on the popularity charts. The name has increased in usage, to be sure, but quite slowly. It has mainly achieved moderate popularity at best until the 1990s. Colin managed to scrap his way onto the Top 100 list of most favored boy’s names in 2003, but it dropped back off before you could blink. We’re pretty certain the actor Colin Farrell influenced the name briefly as he was releasing some big blockbusters during that time in the early 2000s. Nonetheless, Colin is at the top of its game right now, even if it’s reached a plateau. The name is distinctly Scottish, but also Irish and English in essence. Its etymology (young cub) lends itself nicely to all the baby boys out there, and its other origin (high chieftain) provides an aspiring goal for him later in life. But no pressure.
Popularity of the Boy Name Colin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Colin
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Colin
Colin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Colin.
Popular Songs on Colin
Colin - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Colin.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Colin
Colin and the Curly Claw (Jan Fearnley) - When Colin and his mother visit the dinosaur exhibit at the London museum, Colin ends up going home with a dinosaur's claw, and its owner wants it back. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Colin Powell: Rookie Biographies (Wil Mara) - Presents a brief look at the life of Colin Powell. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Cottonball Colin (Jeanne Willis) - Colin is the smallest of his ten brothers and sisters and oh, how his mother worries about him! She won’t let him run and play. She insists that Colin sit quietly indoors - until Grandma suggests wrapping him up tight in cotton. But not even cotton can protect Colin when he is finally allowed out into the world . . . This clever tale about growing up and letting go will delight and entertain readers of all ages, especially those who have known an overprotective parent! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Colin
Famous People Named Colin - Colin Campbell Cooper (American impressionist); Colin Farrell (Irish actor); Colin Firth (British actor); Colin Greenwood (bassist for Radiohead); Colin Hanks (actor); Colin Mochrie (Scottish improvisational comedian); Colin Montgomerie (Scottish golfer); Colin Powell (former U.S. Secretary of State); Colin Quinn (comic)
Children of Famous People Named Colin
Famous People who Named their Son Colin - John Irving (author); Tom Hanks (actor)
Colin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Colin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Colin.
Personality of the Boy Name Colin
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Colin