Anglicized form of Carolus (see Charles), or of its feminine derivative Carola. It has never been common as a boy's name, and has become even less so since its growth in popularity as a girl's name. This seems to be of relatively recent origin (not being found much before the end of the 19th century). It probably originated as a short form of Caroline.
Italian (Sicily): 1. from an old Sicilian word scrima ‘fencing’, a derivative of scrimire ‘to fence’, presumably a nickname for a skilled swordsman or perhaps for a quarrelsome person. 2. alternatively, it may be a descriptive nickname from Sicilian scrima ‘parting (of the hair)’.