Colin Name Meaning & Origin

Colin

Pronunciation: KAH-lin, KOH-lin (key)

Origin of the name Colin:

Borrowed from the English, Colin originated as a medieval variant of the obsolete Colle, a short form of Nicholas (victory of the people). Alternatively, Colin is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cailean (dove). Var: Collan, Collin, Collun, Coln, Colun.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Collin, Nicholas, Nicholson

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Meanings and history of the name Colin

bossy, talkative one, likes to take charge.
Colin-Cailean also means "Victory for the People"

Famous real-life people named Colin

Colin Braun, race car driver
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback
Colin Cowherd, ESPN radio show host (The Herd)
Colin Edwards, MotoGP motorcycle racer
Colin Farrell, actor
Colin Firth, actor
Colin Fraser (1) Scottish rebel, last man beheaded in the Tower of London
Colin Fraser (2) Canadian Ice-hockey player (retd)
Colin McRae, race car driver
Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists
Colin Mochrie, comedian
Colin Morgan, actor
Colin O'Donoghue, Irish actor
Colin Powell, general and former Secretary of State
Colin Turkington, race car driver
Colin Michael Stanley (b. 2006), son of American musician, singer, songwriter, and painter Paul Stanley
Colin Francis O'Connor (b. 2007), son of former Amazing Race contestant Kevin O'Connor

Colin in song, story & screen

Colin Craven, a character from Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden"
Colin Creevey, a Gryffindor student in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Colin Singleton, the protagonist from John Green's novel, "An Abundance of Katherines"
Colin Fisher "Bones"
Colin Gilchrist Fisher character "Oxford Blues" 1984 ( played by Julian Sands)

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