- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒlɪn/, /ˈkəʊlɪn/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑlɪn/, /ˈkoʊlɪn/
- Rhymes: -ɒlɪn
Colin (plural Colins)
- A male given name from Ancient Greek
- 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.
- A rather rare patronymic surname, from given names.
- Popular given name in the U.K. in the mid-twentieth century.
From a medieval diminutive of Nicolas.