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I saw in a baby names book once that Colleen is Irish and means girl.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2005
It does! My name is Colleen. I've always the liked the meaning. It is the Anglicized version of Cailin. I actually have a cousin who's name is Cailin! My aunt didn't know it was another version of Colleen when she named her that.
Kalanadian  10/10/2005
Colleen Dewhurst (1924-1991) was a Canadian-born actress best known for playing Marilla Cuthbert in the Anne of Green Gables 1985 TV-productions.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
I was originally going to be called Colleen, but I wasn't. Colleen always seemed to me as a devil child name - don't be offended or anything, that's just how I think of it. PS. Vitamin C's name is Colleen
ringer007  1/29/2006
Actually, I take that back now. I met a person named Colleen who is VERY nice, now I like the name. Just goes to show how much that influences your likes and dislikes!
ringer007  6/22/2006
Colleen is my middle name, and I like it a lot---but as my middle name. It seems a little old fashined and boring to stand on its own, but something about "Molly Colleen" I really like.
guacamolly85  4/27/2006
It could be possible that the name COLLEEN is linked to the French word for hill, colline.
bschoer10  5/14/2006
I love this name. I have a great-aunt named Colleen. I think it's pretty. Also, she/we pronounce it coh-leen, not cah-leen.
jazzbaby  6/13/2006
Canadian actress Colleen Rennison bears the name.
Maggie_Simpson  8/12/2006
I love this name, it is very pretty. I have seen this listed as an Irish/English name.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2006
Colleen was popular in the 1960's.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2006
Author Colleen Faulkner also goes by the name Hunter Morgan.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
I think it's a cool name. Very unique. I've only known of one other Colleen (aside from my cousin) in my life.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
Colleen is my other sister's name, and my mother named her that because her father, who was Irish-American, used to call his daughters his Colleens, which meant "little girls" in Irish.
Martha Gold  3/27/2007
I think this name is very pretty.
Georgia_kh  4/12/2007
I think it's important to point out that the idea of using Colleen as a feminine given name doesn't seem to have originated in Ireland itself, but rather with Irish-Americans and/or Irish-Australians. In Ireland, the word "Colleen" is in everyday use as a synonym for "girl", and so in Ireland no one would have named a daughter Colleen any more than Americans would name a daughter "Girl". Many people who were raised in Ireland thought it was very odd when their relatives who were a couple of generations removed from Ireland in the USA and Australia started naming daughters Colleen. Eventually when some American and Australian Colleens like Colleen Dewhurst and Colleen McCullough became famous world-wide, a few girls were named Colleen in Ireland itself, but that doesn't seem to have happened until well after Colleen was established as a given name outside of Ireland. [noted -ed]
clevelandkentevans  5/2/2007
I love this name, because it is kind of Irish, and I love Irish names!
Rosie is amazing  7/16/2007
Cool name. Colly can possibly be a nickname for Colleen.
CharlieRob  7/28/2007
Colleen Moore (1900-1988), actress.
cateyedsnake  8/25/2007
I actually like the idea of it meaning girl in Irish. I think that it is a very charming and gorgeous name, but I could never use it for any of my daughters because of the large impression put upon it by my friend.
mingolando  11/21/2007
Used to not be a big fan of this name, it screams "named after a mother-in-law". It's growing on me now. But it's really quite sweet when said and I think that it will gain popularity in the future.
kkrieger  11/27/2007
The listed pronunciation is wrong. The stress is on the second syllable. [noted -ed]
Branddobbe  2/2/2008
Actually, in the Irish language, the word "cailín" may be accented on either syllable depending on the dialect. It would be accented on the second syllable in Munster, but on the first in Connacht and Ulster.
Kosta  6/28/2010
My father was going to name me Colleen, until my mother (who just came over from County Clare to marry my father) told him that it meant girl. Personally, I feel that if you're Irish, it's kind of degrading. I mean, who wants to be named girl?
― Anonymous User  3/7/2008
Although I usually hate names that end in -een/ene because they remind me of dimwitted, vapid country girls, this name sounds quite nice to me, and it is, hands down, the most bearable -een name. The name sounds a bit old-fashioned, but it reminds me of the acoustic ambient artist that goes by simply Colleen. Nice name, as long as people don't come up with any creative spellings for it.
slight night shiver  5/19/2008
Colleen is a bright, dainty name, but don't consider alternative spellings -- Colleen is lovelier than Colline or Collyne.
EmilyOlive  6/3/2008
My name's Colleen and for the longest time I hated it. Now I love it because I've never met another Colleen in my life, I always get compliments on it and it's Irish and I'm from an Irish background. I think this would be a realy nice name for a kid. Also no one has ever called my Coll or Colly. It's always Leeny, Beany and Leeny Lou.
abcolleenz79  7/17/2008
Any self respecting Irish person wouldn't touch it. It's a shame American fads have rubbed off.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2008
This name makes me think of a blonde, curly-haired girl who can be bossy and have a bad attitude. Now that I say that I will meet a girl with this name and she will be everything but a snot.
_0TophasNails_1  12/26/2008
I don't get why this is popular. It's kind of boring and I hate the -een ending. Plus in Ireland, you would be made fun of for using it because no one there names their daughter Colleen.
bananarama  4/7/2009
Colleen is kind of boring name of a girl. I really hate -een/ene endings. I much prefer names with an -ette ending like Colette.
rowan826  4/14/2009
Colleen McCullough, author of The Thorn Birds and the Masters of Rome series.
Patria-Sue  5/29/2009
Colleen Corby: beautiful and iconic teen model in the 1960's!
coIIeen  3/3/2010
Very frequently pronounced Coh-leen by people with an apparent inability to pronounce short o's. Not sure why it's such a widespread problem. I gently ask the offenders how they pronounce the word "college" until it dawns on them. It's been an uphill battle, but I've found that the people who actually end up in my life are always the ones that pronounced it correctly from the start, so oh well! :]
coIIeen  3/3/2010
This is my aunt's name, and I never heard it pronounced other then COLE-leen. I'm not saying that this is the only, or even the most "proper" pronunciation of the name. However, it is a very common one on the west coast of the US.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2010
Yes, I have heard it pronounced kohl-een before, with a long 'o' sound; however, more often it is pronounced kahl-een.
erb816  6/22/2010
My name is Colleen and when I was younger I honestly didn't like it. I wanted to change my name to Lillian, as in Lil from "Rugrats". But now I love it, how I don't know hardly anyone with the name. There is one other girl in my grade with this name, and when we were in the same class I was deemed "Colleen H.". I hated when she was in my class. I hate it when my name is misspelled, or when people pronounce it "COH-leen" (like my UNCLE does!) instead of "KAH-leen" or even "CUH-leen" or, as my mum has shorthanded it (to my severe disliking) C'leen. Once a substitute bus driver gave us assigned seats, writing our names in sharpie on mazking tape and putting it above the windows where we sit. Even though we wrote our names on the sheet, my seat read "Collen". People still tease me about it, calling me "Collin" or even "Colon"!
And with nicknames, I really have always been called Colleen, except in 4th grade being nicknamed Cole (as I wanted, after a character in the show "Lost") and Leena for one summer. My parents call me CoCo, and one friend occasionally titles me "Coco-Cola". I don't think this name should be messed with, spelling-wise, except maybe if spelled "Cailin". And FYI, it is NOT an Irish name, it is American, from an Irish word meaning "girl". Which actually doesn't get any teasing (no one knows what it means). Colleen is overall a good name, unpopular without being unheard of, and timeless. Good for a little girl, a teen, a woman, or a granny. COLLEENS RULE!
C-Ticket  7/23/2011
Awful, just awful. A very outdated and 'Irish-American' name, along with Erin. It's not like you have to give your daughter a name that indicates her gender or anything.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2011
This is my name and when I was young I hated it and wanted to change it. Now that I am older I like it because it is unique and sounds pretty. My friend gave me the nickname Calinkalink because she was saying my name over and over and it sounded like she was saying calinkalink. I think it's a wonderful name for any age group.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2012
It's a very Irish-American name. It also gets a variety of pronunciations and spellings (depending on where in the US you live). I grew up a Colleen in Massachusetts, where the name was common enough for me to know several other Colleens growing up in the 70s/80s. I moved to NYC in the 90s and noticed that many Irish were disdainful of the name, which is never used in Ireland. My family pronounces it more like the Irish cailin, but I also hear it pronounced kol-LEEN and kah-LEEN and answer accordingly.
colleensheila  6/11/2012
I hate this tacky, trashy name. It's not very dignified, and it's also very dated. Besides, it means "girl". Who would want a name meaning "girl"? I'm not crazy about Irish names, but I know that people in Ireland would find it ridiculous if you named your daughter this!
Lolth  4/12/2013
I would never bestow this name on my child; not because there's anything wrong with it, but because every Colleen I've met (including my mother and one of my dearest friends) is batshit crazy. As much as I love the Colleens in my life, I'd rather not jinx myself...
― Anonymous User  7/14/2013
The name Colleen was given to 143 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I am obssessed with the name Colleen! It's a really cute, sweet, pretty, vintage, classic sounding name and the meaning "girl" is lovely. Colleen makes a PERFECT middle name for many combos. I am definitely considering this name! :D.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2014
Not a fave of mine. Colleens always seem to have the same personality!
Even though it means "young girl" it doesn't sound like a pretty or feminine name.
fugfacedmermaid  12/27/2014
My name is Colleen... and I have always, always loved it! It is sweet and feminine and not very common. My middle name is Eleanor, and my husband loves to say the two names together. My father died when I was 8 years old... but I remember him asking me all of the time if I liked my name... and he also loved to say "Colleen Eleanor" together. Together with Eleanor, to me it sounds cute and also a little old-fashioned. Fun, but also classic. And to the one person who had the image of a blond, curly-headed, bossy girl... YEP! That is exactly who I am... with a huge heart. Bossy only because I want to try to help, not because I think I know better. That is what is most misunderstood about Colleens. :)
FemmeSpeak  2/1/2015
I've always liked my name. It's not very common and makes great sense given my surname was O'Rourke. My mom named me Colleen (cah-leen) because it was a term of endearment used by her mother. I really don't think it matters whether it originated in Ireland or the USA. I love the fact that I've only known a handful of people with the name Colleen. Think of all the hundreds of women who all share the same name. Mine says "She is one of a kind." I am not blonde, nor am I bossy. I am a beautiful, reddish brunette with silver blue eyes that sometimes look green, clear pale skin, high cheekbones, full red lips, lovely sculpted jawline. I tan very dark in summer. Classic Irish looks with a hint of American headstrong brilliance. When I traveled in England I never once heard anyone dis my name. This is a beautiful name for smart strong women who don't need anyone's approval, nor the safety in numbers that comes with almost every other feminine name in existence. Colleen Kay : nickname Cola! If you use it for a child just be sure it sounds good with the surname. FYI: Dude is Irish for boy. Think of how much use that word has gotten into our culture. I think it would take a lot of bravery to defy popular opinion and name a boy Dude! I say go for it!
colls  3/16/2015
This name is actually Irish.
― Anonymous User  5/12/2015
My name is Colleen, pronounced Co-leen. Co as in Coke. My family or friends call me Co or Coco. I am a short reddish brown haired girl with blue eyes that sometimes look green. I have freckles and no matter how much I try I never really tan. I have met a few Colleens ( Cal-leen ) but never any other Co-leens like me. I have always loved my name. I come from an Irish/ French backround and have never been teased for my name but always have trouble with people calling me Jolene or mis-pronouncing it. I think this is a lovely name for a girl, the perfect balance of vintage and fresh!
Nicolleen  5/21/2015
I think Colleen is a very pretty name. Sounds sweet and wholesome.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2015
My name is Colleen and I hate it. It's a horrible translation of an Irish word. When I'm older I will probably like it but NOT NOW! I have so many nicknames. I like it better when people say KAH-leen. I've heard KOH-leen a lot before and I don't mind being called that either, but if you call me KUH-leen I will correct you on that really fast. KUH-leen just sound hideous. It sounds like clean.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2015
Yep, I'm the one that commented on it on 7/12/15 lol my middle name is Mara and I get bitter Irish girl too. The good part about being named Colleen though is the song by "The Foreign Resort" Colleen. Other then that, there is no good part.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2015
I've only ever heard it pronounced kahl-EEN, with the L sound in the first syllable.
Feorsteorra  7/15/2015
My grandparents and parents gave me this name, they were from County Kerry and Mayo, Ireland. I was always aware that it simply meant, Irish girl. I was the first born in my family and they had picked out the name John (my father's and grandfather's name). So I guess it was like, "It's a girl!" I heard some discussion on here why someone would name their child this so I thought I would share from my story. Also, they pronounce it Cahleen, and sometimes both sets of grandparents would put different emphasis on the syllables. Perhaps because father's side were immigrants and mom's side were first generation Irish. The irony is that my middle name is Mary- which means "bitter". SO I always tell people, "I am the bitter Irish girl" haha...
― Anonymous User  7/26/2015
My name is Colleen and I used to hate the name. I thought that it was ugly and for old people, as all the people I would meet would tell me that it was their grandmother's name. I used to be jealous of my siblings for having more popular and modern names. I hated when I had to re-tell people my name or spell it out. And I didn't like the nickname of Cole, it sounded so ugly. But now I love it and am thankful that I don't have boring names like my other sister's. I also like it next to my middle name, Colleen Grace, it is just really nice and sweet. Also, as Colleen means girl and Grace means 'of god', my name means girl of god, that's pretty special. I do come from an Irish background but I live in Australia. I have never met another Colleen and for that reason I love my name. I also don't mind the nicknames of Cole or Colly anymore.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2015
The meaning Irish girl is perfect for me. My name is Koleen. Yes, I know it's spelt so different but I definitely agree with the meaning. I am a redhead with freckles and blue eyes- a typical Irish girl who is Italian lol and a little Irish. I love the name in the unique way my parents chose to spell it. I just wish I could find personalized items with it on it already and not special order everything. So I give the name Koleen two thumbs up.. it fits me well and goes well with my middle name Koleen Marie.
Koleen  9/18/2015
I was christened Colleen by my parents. The name was chosen because they liked the sound of it. The fact that the first name meant girl had nothing to do with their choice, and no long-term damage has resulted from having a name that means girl.

I can't account for some of the weirder comments left by people that discount a name because a family member is "crazy" in their subjective opinion. Likely that has more to do with a disasterous upbringing rather than interesting vowel and consonant groupings.

Hope this serves to clear up confusion (for some) on one of the reasons why parents name their children the way they do.
Colleen  10/25/2015
Colleen Evans is the YouTube comedian who plays Miranda Sings. However, she pronounces her name with more of a long "o" sound. (Coe-leen).
― Anonymous User  3/25/2016
My first name is Colleen and I love it. I was born in 1987 so there aren't many other millennials my age with the name. It's unique, but classic and easy to pronounce and spell. I'm always the only Colleen in the room, but no one looks at me like "huh? Say that again?" when I'm introduced.

The only downside is that if I ever visit Ireland I plan to use my middle name. I would be embarrassed to go by Colleen there, just as I wouldn't want to visit the US and use "Girl" as a proper noun. If this concerns you but you like the name, maybe consider Maureen or Eileen as more authentic Irish names with a similar sound.
cmd  5/13/2016
The name Colleen was given to 113 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
I was born in 1946, 70 years ago and I was called Colleen. It is still a popular name in New Zealand. I have always loved my name but for many years I have been called Colly.
KiwiGirl  9/12/2016
I am Colleen Ann - born just before St. Patty's day in 1961. My mom was going to name me Nancy but the nurses told my mom she should name me an Irish name because I was born just before 3/17. She picked Colleen because it means "girl" in Ireland. When I was little my brother (who is no longer with us) called me "Cokie" and it stuck. My husband calls me "Coke". People always ask me if it's Cah-leen or Coh-leen. Honestly I don't really care. My family pronounces my name Coh-leen but my husband says Cah-leen. Either way, I really like my name. I am petite, with dark brown hair with green/blue eyes and am forever grateful I am not "Nancy".
Colleen Larson  1/11/2017
Colleen Shannon is an American DJ and model who is Playboy's Playmate of the Month for January 2004. She is the magazine's 50th anniversary Playmate.
cutenose  2/11/2017
Colleen Ballinger is an American comedian, actress, singer and YouTube personality. She is best known for her Internet character Miranda Sings, posting videos of the character on YouTube and performing her one-woman comedy act on tour in theatres worldwide. She created the comically talentless, egotistical and eccentric character to satirize the many YouTube videos featuring people singing badly, but who appear unaware of their lack of talent. In her videos and stage act, the narcissistic character sings and dances badly, discusses current events that she misunderstands, gives inept "tutorials", collaborates with other YouTubers, and rants about her personal issues and her critics, whom she calls the "haters".
cutenose  4/6/2017
I am a Colleen with a long "O". I have always loved my name. I love the fact that my name means girl, but moreover the spiritual meaning is "virtuous spirit" my middle name, Cathleen means "pure one". I learned those meanings when I was 14, I am now 55. As a young teen, I chose to use my name as a reminder to myself, that that is what God desired of me. I am pleased to say with God's strength and help I was virtuous and pure on my wedding day. The meaning of names is very important. Yes, I could play outside and climb trees, but I always chose to remember that I was a lady. I have a nickname that no one else has mentioned, Keenie.
Colleen Cathleen  5/27/2017
Colleen Wakako Hanabusa is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 1st congressional district, serving since November 2016, and previously from 2011 to 2015. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
lilolaf  6/28/2017
Such an ugly sounding name harsh on the ears and the way it is spelled looks so weird and awkward. No wonder the name has never been popular in America.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2017
Colleen Wing, martial artist and vigilante in Marvel Comics and adaptations, notably the 2017 Netflix show 'Iron Fist' where she is portrayed by English actress Jessica Henwick.

Also from Marvel, Colleen Deirdre O'Brien, factory worker roommate of Peggy Carter in the 2015 'Agent Carter' TV series. She is portrayed by American actress and model Ashley Hinshaw.
Feorsteorra  7/27/2017
To Irish people, Colleen is a joke. Stupid name.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2017
My name is Colleen. I don't care for it, honestly. But I'm here to point out you are wrong. The name isn't a joke in Ireland. In fact, it is widely used in Ireland.

Okay, after dealing with the ignorant person.

I met 1 Colleen in my life until high school when I met another. As an adult, I come across Colleen's all the time. Most have Irish last names. Since Colleen means "girl" my grandfather called me girl growing up.
Colleencg  8/12/2017

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