The feminine form of the Medieval Latin name Carolus (Charles), this name means “strong.” Although Neil Diamond gave it a huge popularity boost in 1969 (and you know you still belt that song out anytime you hear it), it had already been established long ago, as it was the name of the wife to King George II.
Carrie, Carly, Cara, Cici, Carol.
Famous people named Caroline:
American royalty Caroline Kennedy (the subject for Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline”); tennis star Caroline Wozniacki; actress and comedian Caroline Rhea.
This name has lots of modern variations, including Carol and Carolyn.