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Meaning and name origin

Carla \c(a)-rla, car-la\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Carlah, Carlana, Carle, Carleah, Carlee, Carleen, Carleesia, Carleeza, Carleigh, Carlena, Carlene, Carleta, Carletha, Carlethe, Carletta, Carlette, Carley, Carli, Carlia, Carlie, Carlicia, Carlin, Carlina, Carliqua, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlisha, Carlisia, Carlissa, Carlissia, Carlista, Carlita, Carlla, Carlonda, Carlreca, Carly, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyse, Karla, Karlita and Karlla.

For more information, see also related girl names Karleen and Charlotte.


Carla is a very popular first name for females (#202 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carla for girls. Carla reached its highest rank of #82 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carla name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carla and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charlotte (#10), Caroline (#58), Carly (#357), Karla (#504), Carlee (#829), Carla (#864), Carlie (#966), Charles, Carol, Charla, Carli, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley and Carl. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carla, Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carly in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carol, Caroline, Charla, Charles, Charlotte, Karla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla, Carley, Carlie, Carly, Carol outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caroline, Charlotte, Karla outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carla is also pronounced similarly to Carely, Carlye, Corly, Karlah, Karli, Karly and Karrla. Other suggested similar baby names are Caela, Caila, Cala, Calla, Cara, Caralea, Caralia, Carel, Carlan, Carma, Carna, Carola, Carole, Caroll, Caroly, Carrola, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Cayla, Charela, Charle, Charlea, Charli, Charly, Darla, Earla and Marla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carla.