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#1 Madi <3

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 02:28 PM

I really love the name Caroline (for a girl, just to clarify).  What is the meaning of the name Caroline?  According to Nameberry, Caroline means "free man".   Is that the most accurate meaning?  I don't understand how it could mean anything to do with a man since it isn't unisex.  Would the meaning be a problem?  What do you think of Caroline?  Do you prefer it as a first or middle name?  If I used it as a first name, I like Caroline Joy (nickname Callie).  What do you think of that combo?  If I were to use it as a middle, I really like Everly Caroline.  What do you think of that combo?  Thank you!  Also, don't feel like you have to answer every question.  I know it's a lot to ask, so just answer certain questions.  Any feedback would be great.  Thanks.   B)    



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 05:15 PM

Also, is the nickname Callie okay for a Baby Caroline?

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:18 AM

Caroline: form of Charles meaning, a joyous song; a small, strong woman.

I love your combos! They are great :)
The nn Callie is adorable too <3 love it!

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:22 AM

Thanks Barbie!  I also like Aubrey Caroline.  How is Caroline a form of Charles, lol?  I could see Charlotte (obviously) being a form of Charles, but ot Caroline.  :-)



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

I think Caroline is a lovely choice, as either a first or middle name. As Barbie mentioned, Caroline is a feminine form of Charles derived from Charlotte, I believe. So the meaning of the name is the same as Charles': strong, free man / warrior. In spite of that, I don't think the meaning is really that significant in this case, especially since Caroline is a decidedly feminine name.

Caroline Joy is lovely. I personally prefer the nickname Carly to Callie; the latter seems a little too trendy for such a classic name like Caroline. Everly Caroline is nice as well, but the combo seems a little long. How do you like these alternatives?

Eve Caroline
Eva Caroline
Ella Caroline
Emma Caroline
Hadley Caroline
Harper Caroline
Isla Caroline
Piper Caroline
Anna Caroline
Ava Caroline
Lucy Caroline
Ruby Caroline

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:21 PM

I don't think name meaning matters. I never look at name meanings, personally. I love Caroline, and would use it as either, as I love it. And a lot of names derive from others over time, anyway.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:35 PM

I love Caroline! My favorite combos are Caroline Joyce and Caroline Grace Elizabeth. Callie works perfectly as a nickname!



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:39 PM

@ Meghan: Do you mean Everly Caroline is long length-wise or syllable wise?  I noticed all the names you suggested were 1 or 2 syllables, but there were a few names that are just as long as Everly.  I would call her Evie (pronounced Ev, as in EVan, ee, as in wheeee.  :-)  And thanks for the suggestions, but I just really love the combo Everly Caroline at the moment.  If I change my mind, I'll refer back to your suggestions because I like them, just not love... for now.  I could change my mind though.  

 

Thanks for the opinions everyone!!  :-)



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:26 PM

@ Meghan: Do you mean Everly Caroline is long length-wise or syllable wise?  I noticed all the names you suggested were 1 or 2 syllables, but there were a few names that are just as long as Everly.  I would call her Evie (pronounced Ev, as in EVan, ee, as in wheeee.  :-)  And thanks for the suggestions, but I just really love the combo Everly Caroline at the moment.  If I change my mind, I'll refer back to your suggestions because I like them, just not love... for now.  I could change my mind though.  
 
Thanks for the opinions everyone!!  :-)


Sorry for any confusion! I meant syllables, since both Everly and Caroline are 3 syllables long. Everly Caroline is still a nice combo though.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:37 PM

Oh. Last name would be 2 syllables and 8 letters long. Do you think 3-3-2 is too long syllable wise? And Everly is 6 letters long, Caroline is 8 letters long, and last name is similar to Crawford. Do you think Everly Caroline Crawford is too long letter wise? I really like Everly Caroline, at least for now. Thanks for your opinion. :-)

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 07:14 PM

Unlike Ashooles, I am someone who only chooses a name if I really like the meaning so, in case this is also important for you, here is what I know about the background of Caroline. Charles, which means "farmer" or "manly", became Carl and this was turned into the feminine Carole. Various European countries have a tradition of adding "Lein", "Lina" or "ina" to the end of words or names to make them appropriate for someone small and sweet. For example, in Germany my sister is my "schwester" but my sweet little sister is my "schwesterlein". In the same way, an adult lady might be Carole, Josepha or Emma whereas a sweet little girl is called Carolina, Josephina or Emmalina! Eventually these became names in their own right and were changed by English speaking people to become Caroline, Josephine and Emmaline! Hope this helps! :)

By the way, I personally love Carolina but Caroline Joy sounds GORGEOUS!! :)

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:52 PM

Wow, thanks for that so much, Sunny Mommy.  I loved hearing about the history of Caroline.  I don't think the meaning is super important since Caroline is so feminine.  And the nickname Callie, or even Carly would make it even more so.  Thank ya!  :-)



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Posted 29 November 2013 - 07:58 AM

Meaning is important to me also but it's not a deal breaker.  Caroline Joy is really wonderful!  I personally like CJ as a nickname esp. if she turns out to be a tomboy!



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 03:01 PM

To address the meaning, Caroline technically IS a unisex name, it used to be used on boys. It certainly wouldn't be used for them anymore, so I wouldn't worry about that. ;) Also, "man" doesn't always mean "male." It can often be used to refer to any human being.




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