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Origin: Netherlands
Region Origin: Western Europe

Colin is a masculine given name with two distinct origins: Gaelic and Old French. The Gaelic origin comes from the Irish and Scottish names Cuilen and Cailean, which mean "whelp" or "cub". The Old French origin is a diminutive form of "Colle," a short form of the name Nicolas (Nicholas), which means "victory of the people". The name Colin has been popular in various forms throughout history, with its popularity peaking in 2004 at rank 84 but declining since then. It has been used in both medieval and early modern times, with notable figures such as Cuilén mac Ildulb, King of Alba, and Cailean Mór, a Scottish chief and progenitor of Clan Campbell.

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