Quick Facts on Collin
- Celtic, English, Gaelic, Scottish
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Cub, young one (also: high chieftain and victorious people)
Characteristics of Collin
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Collin
Collin is a variant spelling of the Gaelic name Colin. In Scotland, Colin comes 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). The name Colin is also considered a pet form of Nicholas. Hundreds of years ago in England, nicknames were formed by adding “-kin” or “-in” to the end of a syllable from the name. Examples of this are “Robin” (Rob-in) from Robert, “Hank” (Hen-kin) from Henry, “Jack” (Jan-kin) from John and, of course, Colin (Col-in) from NiCOLas. The name Nicholas is from the Greek meaning ‘victorious people.’ Collin (with two “L”s) is mainly used in the United States.
Popularity of the Name Collin
Even though the name Collin shows up infrequently on the U.S. popularity charts as early as 1900, it doesn’t really take hold until the early 1960s. Collin advances up the charts in the 70s and 80s with moderate usage but really experienced the height of its popularity in the late 1990s. It’s waned a bit since then, but it’s still holding onto a respectable position. The state of Vermont loves the name Collin; it’s a Top 50 choice there. It’s a solid, unpretentious choice with distinctive Scottish flavor. And we think the name’s origin (young cub) is irresistibly charming. The other etymologies of the name (i.e., high chieftain and victorious people) ain’t so bad either! If you like this name, it just comes down to your spelling preference: Colin vs. Collin. Traditional vs. Americanized.
Popularity of the Boy Name Collin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Collin
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Collin
Collin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Collin.
Popular Songs on Collin
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Collin
Collin - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Collin.
Famous People Named Collin
Famous People Named Collin - Collin Balester (baseball player); Collin Mooney (football player); Collin Raye (country musician)
Children of Famous People Named Collin
Famous People who Named their Son Collin - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Collin.
Collin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Collin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Collin.
Personality of the Boy Name Collin
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Collin