Infographic of Colin name meaning, which is An English variant of Cailean, Colin means cub, though it can also be traced as a variant of Col, a nickname for Nicholas.
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Colin Name Popularity

How popular is the name Colin? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 1,118 10 0.001%
1917 1,269 7 0.0007%
1918 1,528 5 0.0005%
1919 1,467 5 0.0005%
1920 1,592 5 0.0004%
1921 1,502 5 0.0004%
1922 0 0%
1923 1,152 12 0.0011%
1924 1,470 6 0.0005%
1925 1,179 11 0.001%
1926 1,237 10 0.0009%
1927 1,542 5 0.0005%
1928 1,155 12 0.0011%
1929 1,264 8 0.0008%
1930 1,031 16 0.0015%
1931 1,430 5 0.0005%
1932 1,174 10 0.001%
1933 953 15 0.0016%
1934 892 20 0.0021%
1935 1,048 12 0.0012%
1936 929 16 0.0017%
1937 881 19 0.0019%
1938 924 17 0.0017%
1939 797 25 0.0025%
1940 913 18 0.0017%
1941 838 24 0.0021%
1942 334 289 0.0229%
1943 348 271 0.0208%
1944 406 179 0.0144%
1945 582 67 0.0055%
1946 581 83 0.0056%
1947 568 104 0.0062%
1948 463 163 0.0102%
1949 501 134 0.0083%
1950 522 123 0.0076%
1951 528 124 0.0073%
1952 530 132 0.0076%
1953 488 163 0.0092%
1954 477 185 0.0101%
1955 480 190 0.0103%
1956 452 232 0.0123%
1957 492 201 0.0104%
1958 486 214 0.0113%
1959 461 254 0.0134%
1960 478 231 0.0122%
1961 438 291 0.0154%
1962 436 293 0.016%
1963 421 321 0.0179%
1964 416 333 0.0189%
1965 359 415 0.0254%
1966 386 350 0.0224%
1967 358 398 0.0262%
1968 348 459 0.0306%
1969 326 534 0.0347%
1970 317 581 0.0365%
1971 300 622 0.0414%
1972 322 518 0.038%
1973 310 528 0.0407%
1974 284 614 0.0472%
1975 275 661 0.0514%
1976 253 747 0.058%
1977 248 805 0.0597%
1978 223 924 0.0687%
1979 206 1,121 0.0795%
1980 205 1,180 0.0807%
1981 200 1,215 0.0827%
1982 171 1,523 0.1019%
1983 167 1,537 0.1042%
1984 153 1,753 0.1178%
1985 156 1,715 0.113%
1986 158 1,670 0.1106%
1987 132 2,088 0.1368%
1988 131 2,245 0.1441%
1989 125 2,601 0.1612%
1990 122 2,780 0.1677%
1991 139 2,290 0.1405%
1992 127 2,627 0.1646%
1993 121 2,887 0.1852%
1994 124 2,807 0.1829%
1995 134 2,625 0.1742%
1996 126 2,953 0.1972%
1997 125 3,096 0.2093%
1998 122 3,068 0.205%
1999 119 3,074 0.2053%
2000 117 3,250 0.2127%
2001 124 3,163 0.2099%
2002 116 3,310 0.2209%
2003 88 4,876 0.3205%
2004 84 5,122 0.3361%
2005 95 4,526 0.296%
2006 111 3,852 0.246%
2007 119 3,605 0.2285%
2008 114 3,724 0.2409%
2009 113 3,653 0.2444%
2010 111 3,482 0.2416%
2011 120 3,261 0.2289%
2012 123 3,013 0.2114%
2013 125 3,033 0.213%
2014 141 2,873 0.1972%
2015 172 2,413 0.1658%
2016 196 2,030 0.1408%
2017 227 1,643 0.1177%
2018 247 1,451 0.1056%
2019 259 1,361 0.1005%

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Names Like Colin

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What names are variants of Colin?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Colin.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cailean

Battle; rock; young creature

Scottish

Col

Young creature

Scottish

Colan

Young creature

Scottish

Cole

Charcoal

English

Colle

Young creature

Scottish

Colyn

Young creature

Scottish


What names sound like Colin?

If you like how Colin sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Colin.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cailin

Gaelic

Calan

Gaelic

Collen

Scottish

Colwin

Welsh

Colwyn

Welsh

Cullin

Good-looking lad; handsome

Irish

Galin

Calm

Greek

Glin

Glen; valley of water

Welsh

Kalin

Gaelic


Lists With Colin

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Colin.


Siblings of Colin

Mamas with kids named Colin also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Thea

Gift of God

Greek

3 Comments

  1. We were getting down to the last couple weeks of pregnancy and couldn’t decide on a name we both liked. Out of the blue on night, my husband comes out with the name Colin. It felt so perfect and I connected with that name right away. His middle name was supposed to be something else but when Paul Walker passes away, my husband and I really liked him, so we decided to have his middle name Walker. Felt strong and much better than our original name. Both names just felt perfect.

  2. I always loved this name, but my husband was not on board with it for our two older sons. When we found out I was having a third boy, my husband gave his blessing to the name Colin.

  3. My Husband and I both made a list of baby boy names. Colin was the only name we had in common…but I wasn’t 100% sold on the name. One night we went through the list of names out loud. When I said the name Colin he enthusiastically danced around in my womb…and so Colin it was!


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