Origin: Germanic, Greek, Welsh
Meaning: Carolyn is a variant of Caroline, itself the feminine form of Charles which ultimately comes from Karl, a Germanic masculine name meaning “man”, used to refer to men who were not thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society so it connotes the idea of a “free man”.
Carolyn could also be a combination of names Carol (from Old French carole referring to a kind of dance accompanied by singers from Latin choraula via Greek khoraules meaning “one who accompanies a chorus on a flute” from Greek khoros “dance, choir” and aulos “flute”) and Lyn, a variant of Welsh llyn meaning “lake”.
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