Meaning: Its source is ceorl, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "Freeholder."
Languages: This girl's name is used in Dutch, English and French.
Compound Forms: Megaraline
Popularity: The name Caroline ranked 64th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 248th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name first made its appearance on state popularity lists of the 1990s, and has been trending upward in usage ever since.
Narrative: Of all the feminine forms of Carl (and its equivalent Charles), the oldest is probably Carolina, which developed in Latin as a feminine form of Carolinus, itself an elaboration of Carolus.
Carolus Magnus was the Latin name of the first Holy Roman Emperor, a Germanic leader known in the English-speaking world as Charlemagne (French for ''Charles the Great''). He was crowned emperor in 800 A.D., after uniting much of central Europe and building a relatively stable society out of the chaos that followed the fall of Rome.
Charlemagne's widespread fame gave rise to many forms of his name in many languages. Each male form suggested a female equivalent, which in turn changed and developed, so that we see Carolina changed to Caroline, shortened to Carol, and so on.
- Caroline Love Godwin O'Day (born 1875, died 1943)
- Representative, D-New York, 1935-43 (see list of Women in the House of Representatives)
- Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore (born 1813, died 1881)
- Second wife of Millard Fillmore, 13th President (see list of United States First Ladies)
- Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison (born 1832, died 1853)
- First wife of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President (see list of United States First Ladies)
Science and Philosophy
- Caroline Lucretia Herschel (born 1750, died 1848)
- Sister of William Herschel (discoverer of Uranus), she continued his work, discovering several comets and nebulae (see list of Mathematicians, Physicists & Astronomers)
- Caroline Smith
- 1924 Olympic gold medal winner for Platform Diving (see list of Olympic Gold Medalists in Platform Diving)
Stage and Screen
- Caroline Appleby
- Portrayed by Doris Singleton (see list of Characters on ''I Love Lucy'')
- Caroline Brady
- Character on the soap opera ''''Days of Our Lives'''' (see list of Characters on ''Days of Our Lives'')
- Caroline (born 1956)
Princess of Monaco.
- Caroline DuLac
- Baroness from Love Among Thieves (see list of see Audrey Hepburn's Roles)
- Caroline Holden
- Portrayed by Yasmine Bleeth (see list of Characters on ''Baywatch'')
- Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls (born 1839, died 1923)
American pioneer; mother of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- Portrayed by Karen Grassle (see list of Characters on ''Little House on the Prairie'')
- Caroline McWilliams
The Literary World
- Caroline Miller (born 1903)
- 1934 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, for Lamb in His Bosom (see list of Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
- Care Bear
- Christmas Carol
- North Carolina
- Caroline in the city
- Sweet Caroline
- Car Lane
- Caroline in the Suburbs
- Caroline in the Morning
- Queenie, Queenie Caroline, Washed Her Hair in Turpentine
''Radio Caroline'' was the nickname of the first UK offshore ''pirate'' radio station.