Carolyn is a female given name, a spelling variant of Caroline. Another spelling is Karolyn. Caroline itself is one of the feminine forms of Charles.

People named Carolyn include:

  • Carolyn Bennett (born 1950), Canadian politician
  • Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (1966-1999), wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Carolyn Brown (choreographer) (born 1927), American dancer, choreographer, and writer, founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
  • Carolyn Cassady (born 1923), American writer associated with the Beat Generation
  • Carolyn C. J. Cherryh, American science fiction and fantasy writer
  • Carolyn Forché (born 1950), American poet, editor, translator and human rights advocate
  • Carolyn Franklin (1944-1988), American singer and songwriter, sister of Aretha Franklin
  • Carolyn Hart, American mystery writer
  • Carolyn Hax (born 1966), American writer and advice columnist
  • Carolyn Dawn Johnson (born 1971), Canadian country music singer-songwriter
  • Carolyn Jones (1930-1983), American actress best known for playing Morticia Addams in the television series The Addams Family
  • Carolyn Jones (politician), Canadian politician
  • Carolyn Jones-Young (born 1969), American former basketball player
  • Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (born 1945), American politician
  • Carolyn Kizer (born 1925), Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet
  • Carolyn Leigh (1926-1983), American lyricist best known for co-writing "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come"
  • Carolyn B. Maloney (born 1946), American politician
  • Carolyn Martin (born 1951), American academic, author and president of Amherst College
  • Carolyn McCarthy (born 1944), American politician
  • Carolyn McCormick (born 1959), American actress best known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet in the Law & Order franchise
  • Carolyn Morris (1925-1996), pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Carolyn Omine, American television writer and producer
  • Carolyn Parrish (born 1946), Canadian former politician
  • Carolyn Porco (born 1953), American planetary scientist
  • Carolyn See (born 1934), American author and reviewer
  • Carolyn Seymour (born 1947), English actress
  • Carolyn S. Shoemaker (born 1929), American astronomer
  • Carolyn Watkinson (born 1949), English mezzo-soprano singer of Baroque music
  • Carolyn D. Wright (born 1949), American poet

Fictional Carolyns include:

  • Carolyn Keene, pseudonym of the authors of the Nancy Drew and The Dana Girls mystery stories
  • Carolyn Barek, on the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Carolyn Stoddard, from the soap opera Dark Shadows

Famous quotes containing the word carolyn:

    Teenagers are like people who express a burning desire to be different by dressing exactly alike.
    Anonymous. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 3 (1992)

    Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
    Anne Sullivan, U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 16 (1992)