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What does Carla mean?

Carla Pronunciation of Carla [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.

Associated with: blends.


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.

Affiliated girl names: Karleen and Charlotte.

68 more related forms via Carol, Caroline, Charla: Caddy, Callie, Caralin, Caralyn, Carel, Carely, Carey, Cari, Cariel, Carilena, Carilis, Carilyn, Carlan, Carleena, Carlein, Carlen, Carlinda, Carline, Carllen, Carlota, Carlotta, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carole, Carolee, Carolena, Carolin, Carolina, Caroll, Caroly, Carolyn, Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carrola, Carroll, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charlee, Charlena, Charli, Charlie, Charly, Charlyn, Charyl, Karel, Kari, Karlen, Karlena, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karol, Karole, Karyl, Karyll, Lola and Sharla.

Creative forms:
(female) Carca, Carcla, ..

(male) Carlao, Carril, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carla Martha (C.M.), ..

How popular is Carla?

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)

Carla entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its apex rank of #79 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #873 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carla name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Callie (#196 a year ago), Carey, Cari, Carl, Carlee (#768), Carleen, Carleigh (#1095), Carlene, Carletta, Carlette, Carley (#1106), Carli (#1521), Carlie (#1047), Carline, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly (#389), Carlyn, Caro, Carol (#1768), Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carolee, Carolin, Carolina (#430), Caroline (#62), Caroll, Carolyn (#752), Carri, Carrie (#1680), Carrol, Carroll, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Charla, Charlee (#282), Charles, Charli (#553), Charlie (#207), Charlotte (#9), Charly, Charlyn, Karel, Kari (#1817), Karla (#510), Karleen, Karli (#1292), Karlie (#815), Karol, Karole, Karyl, Lola (#224) and Sharla are the popular alternative forms of Carla (#873 a year ago). Other variants, like Carlan, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Carla was at its peak 8 decades ago (usage of 5.84%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 1.7%, 70.9%), with forms like Carey becoming less trendy. Caroline has been the recurring favorite, though Charlotte is now the most fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carla, Callie, Carey, Cari, Carl in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carletta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlette, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlota, Carlotta, Carly, Carlyn, Caro in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carolee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolin, Carolina, Caroline, Caroll, Carolyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carroll, Carry in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cary, Caryl, Charla, Charlee, Charles in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charli, Charlie, Charlotte, Charly, Charlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karel, Kari, Karla, Karleen, Karli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karlie, Karol, Karole, Karyl, Lola, Sharla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla, Carly, Carolina, Caroline, Charli outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charlie, Charlotte, Lola outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carla is pronounced similarly to Carlye, Corlee, Corley, Corlie, Corly, Karlah, Karlee, Karley, Karly, Karlye and Karrla. Other recommended names are Baila, Cacia, Caela, Caila, Cal, Cala, Calla, Callan, Calli, Camala, Camela, Camia, Canda, Canna, Cara, Carah, Caralea, Caralia, Caren, Carin, Carina, Carma, Carman, Carmela, Carmia, Carna, Casha, Catha, Catia, Cayla, Ceara, Cearra, Ceila, Ceria, Charela (see Harela), Charle, Charlea, Charma, Chela, Ciara, Ciarra, Clara, Dalla, Darla, Earla, Erla, Gayla, Hala, Jayla, Kaila, Kala, Katla, Laela, Laila, Marla, Mirla, Orla, Orrla (see Orla), Paola, Paula, Pearla, Raula, Starla and Tayla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carla.

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