Colin originated as an English medieval diminutive of Nicholas, the Englush form of Ancient Greek Nikolaos meaning “victory of the people” made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Colin has also been used as an angliicized form of Scottish names Cailean (meaning “whelp, young dog, puppy” derived from a Proto-Celtic source). Colin is also a surname derived from either source.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic
- Collin (English)
- Collins (English)
- Cailean (Scottish)
- Coilean (Irish form of Cailean)
- Colina (English)