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OTHER FORMS: Koraline, Coralina, Corallina, Coralyne
CONTRIBUTOR: enchy on 9/12/2009
Meaning & History
Of debated origin, though likely coined by Adolphe Adam for a character in his opera Le toréador
Some academics argue that this name is most likely an elaboration of Cora
while others theorize that a derivation from Coralie
, using a traditional French diminutive form, is the most probable source.
Coraline is the name of the main character in the children's novel Coraline
by English author Neil Gaiman, who stated that in the case of his heroine the name started out as a typo of Caroline