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See also: colin, colîn, and çolin


Alternative forms[edit]


Diminutive of Coll, a medieval short form of Nicholas. It has also been used to anglicize Irish Coilean and Scots Gaelic Cailean.


Proper noun[edit]

Colin (plural Colins)

  1. A male given name
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book VI, canto X, stanza 16:
      That iolly shepheard, which there piped, was / Poore Colin Clout (who knowes not Colin Clout?)
    • 1992 Howard B. Means, Colin Powell, Donald J. Fine (1992), →ISBN, page 49:
      "My parents," Powell wrote, "were British subjects, and they named me Colin (KAH-lin). Being British, they knew very well how the name was supposed to be pronounced. But when I was a young boy, there was a famous American World War II hero whose name became very popular in the streets of New York City. He was Capt. Colin P. Kelly Jr. He was called KOH-lin. My friends in the streets of the South Bronx, who heard Captain Kelly's name pronounced in the radio and by their parents and other adults, began to refer to me by the same pronunciation.
  2. A rather rare patronymic surname​.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Popular given name in the U.K. in the mid-twentieth century.

Related terms[edit]




From a medieval diminutive of Nicolas.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A rare male given name.
  2. A common patronymic surname​.