Meaning and Name Origin
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%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its peak in 1996 and is somewhat lower today, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.