The name Collin ranked 140th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 739th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name first made its appearance on state popularity lists of the 1990s, and has been trending upward in usage ever since.
This surname is most likely a direct descendant of Colle, a medieval nickname for Nicholas.
Other derivations have been suggested. They include the Old Norse personal name Koli, meaning ''dark,'' a Middle English surname given to those living on property whose ownership was disputed, and the Gaelic name Coileain, meaning ''puppy.''