Coraline

Coraline.jpgOrigin: French
Meaning: uncertain
Gender: Feminine
Fr. (KOH-hrah-LEEN); Eng. (CORE-e-LINE)

The name is most likely a French diminutive form of Cora, (Grk. maiden), or Coralie that eventually spun off as an independent given name.

In both France and England, the name has been in use since the early 19th-century.

The French opera by Adolphe Adam Le toréador, ou L’accord parfait (1849) probably helped put this name on the map.

It is also the name of a French genus of apple that was bred for the first time in 2002.

In the Mediterranean, coraline is the name of a type of felucca used to hunt coral.

Its recent usage in the English-speaking world was no doubt brought back to life by Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel Coraline, which was adapted into a film in 2009. Gaiman claimed that the character’s name was originally meant to be Caroline, but Coraline was a typo that just stuck.

Alternately, if spelled Coralline it is the name of a genus of red algae.

Another form is the Italian Coralina and the Russian and Polish form, albeit rare, is Koralina Коралина.

The name has also been in use in the Netherlands since the 19th-century.

Coraline has been in the U.S. Top 1000 Most Popular Female Names since 2012 and is currently the 602nd most popular female name in the United States (2016).

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Coralie

Gender: Feminine
Origin: French
Meaning: debated
Fre (Pronunciation)

There are a few different theories as to the origins of this name, the most dominant is that it is derived from coral, which is the Old French form of the modern French word, corail (coral). Another theory is that it is an elaboration of Cora.

As of 2010, Coralie was the 240th most popular female name in France.

The name has also had some usage in North America, being somewhat more prevalent in the American South. She has only ever ranked in the U.S. top 1000 two times. The first was in 1880 when she was the 943rd most popular female name, the second was in 1929, being the 892nd most popular female name.

The name appears in Honoré de Balzac’s Illusions perdues (1843)

The name was borne by French First Lady, Coralie Grévy, wife of Jules Grévy (1811-1993). It is currently borne by French singer, Coralie Clément (b.1986).