What does Carla mean?
Carla \c(a)-rla, car-la\ as a girls' name is pronounced KAR-lah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carla is "free man". Feminine of Carl and short form of Caroline. A European-sounding version of the many names that derive from Charles. Much favored in name blends with various endings. See also Carol and Charla.
Carla▼ has 43 variants: Carlah, Carlana, Carle, Carleah, Carlee▼, Carleen▼, Carleesia, Carleeza, Carleigh, Carlena, Carlene▼, Carleta, Carletha, Carlethe, Carletta, Carlette, Carley▼, Carli▼, Carlia, Carlicia, Carlie▼, Carlin, Carlina, Carliqua, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlisha, Carlisia, Carlissa, Carlissia, Carlista, Carlita, Carlla, Carlonda, Carlreca, Carly, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyse, Karla, Karlita and Karlla.
Carla▼ has 27 more related forms via Carol, Caroline, Charla: Carel, Carely, Carey▼, Cari▼, Carlan, Carlen, Carlota, Carlyna, Caro, Carol▼, Carola, Carolan, Carole▼, Caroll, Caroly, Carri, Carrola, Carry, Cary, Caryl▼, Caryle, Caryll, Charla▼, Charli, Charly, Karli▼ and Sharla▼.
Carla is a very prominent first name for females (#202 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#107565 out of 150436, Top 72%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Carla for girls. Carla entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #82 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #864 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carla and corresponding names. Carey, Cari, Carl, Carlee (#829 a year ago), Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie (#966), Carly (#357), Carol, Carole, Caroline (#58), Carri, Cary, Caryl, Charla, Charles, Charli (#610), Charlotte (#10), Karla (#504), Karli and Sharla are the popular alternative forms of Carla (#864 a year ago). Adoption of these girl names was at its peak in 1996 (usage of 0.2636%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1521%, down 42.3%), with forms like Carla, Carlee, Carley, Carlie and Karli becoming somewhat dated. The most trendy girl names among these are Carly (#357), Caroline (#58), Charli (#610), Charlotte (#10) and Karla (#504), with Caroline and Charlotte having a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Carla▼ is pronounced similarly to Carlye, Corly, Karlah, Karly▼ and Karrla. Other recommended similar baby names are Caela, Caila, Cala, Calla, Cara▼, Caralea, Caralia, Carma, Carna, Cayla▼, Charela, Charle, Charlea, Darla▼, Earla and Marla▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carla.