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).