3 Short Forms of Caroline which aren’t Carrie

Luna Lovegood, from wikipedia.org

Many moons ago I pondered on alternative nicknames for Sebastian and Alfred, well now it’s the turn of the girls, and we’re going to kick the week off with the name of a friend of mine. I will admit, I’m not a great lover of the name Caroline, which may be because my friend doesn’t like her name. That thought is reflected by the rankings, in 2010 Caroline ranked at #683 with just 54 born.

The name Caroline is the female form of Carolus, a name which means man. This leads to some debate on whether Caroline also means man, or it’s meaning is feminised along with the name to mean woman. Personally, I’d stick to the latter.

1. Luna

I really like the name Luna, but she does get a place on this list by her own merits, coming from the end part of Caroline – line. This would work for those of you who like the name Luna, but are not confident enough to use her up front because of Miss Lovegood, or indeed for any other reason you may have. In 2010, Luna actually ranked higher than Caroline, placing at #526 with 76 births.

Luna is the Latin name of the Moon, and indeed the French word for glasses in lunette, and in the French word lune means moon. Luna was also the Roman Goddess of Moon. So if your little Caroline were to be born on a full moon, this nickname would be more than apt.

2. Calix/Calyx

Another nickname sometimes used for Caroline is Callie, so whilst it looks far removed from the name, the suggestion of Calix comes with some logic. Or I, at least, wish to believe so. Either way, neither spelling ranked in 2010 in England&Wales.

The name has it origins, like Luna, in mythology. In Greek mythology we can find not one Calyce, but three. One nursed Dionysus; one was the mother of Endymion; one was the mother of Cycnus.

3. Oona

She’s another fantastic name, and would work well if you don’t feel ‘Irish’ enough to use it up front to begin with, or indeed feel like she’d never be spelt/said correctly. The name itself can either be spelt Úna or Oona, but when we’re pitching her as a nickname for Caroline, the latter seems more logical.

As a name, Oona means lamb, which would suit a spring baby to a tee. Only 7 were born in E&W last year, compared with 24 girls being named Una.

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9 thoughts on “3 Short Forms of Caroline which aren’t Carrie

  1. Awkward Turtle

    There’s also Caro and medieval Caddie, which are quite unusual. I think a lot of people think of it as Caroline/Carole/mumsy.


    • That’s possibly the case here in England, but Caroline does rank in the Top 100 in the States. Caddie is another great option, although I do think of golf 🙂


      • In Wales, Cadi is a pet form of Catrin (Catherine). Caroline wasn’t in use in the UK in medieval times, but I can’t see any reason why Caddie/Cadi wouldn’t work as a short form of Caroline now either.

        Just to jump a comment, I’ve known more than one Caroline who goes by ‘Caz’! Leads onto the possibility of using Cassie as a pet form of Caroline too…

        In Victorian times (sorry, I do have that period on the brain today!), Lina was quite popular as a short form of Caroline as well.

        I rather like the idea of using Luna and Calix though, particularly Luna :D.


  2. What about Caz?


    • She could work, infact, I know she does since that’s what my friend goes by. It also rhymes with the word spaz, which was one of the reasons she didn’t make the list.


      • I know of a Caroline and she is Carol, Caz or Cazza. My friend Carol (who is 13) is Caz or Cazza


  3. You know, I know several people who go by Kaz, Daz, Baz etc and I don’t think any of them have been called the obvious insult “spaz”. But yes, I can see your point!


  4. Awkward Turtle

    I know this is a bit late, but there is also Carly.


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