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What does Carlan mean?

Carlan Pronunciation of Carlan [car-lan] as a girls' name is an Old German name, and the name Carlan means "free man". Carlan is an alternate spelling of Caroline (Old German): from the French version of Carolina.


Carlan has 15 variants: Carleen, Carlein, Carlen, Carlene, Carlin, Carline, Carllen, Carlyn, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Karleen, Karlein, Karlen and Karlene.

58 more relations via Caroline: Callie, Caraleen, Caralin, Caraline, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Cari, Carileen, Carilena, Carilyn, Carla, Carleena, Carley, Carlina, Carlinda, Carlita, Carlota, Carly, Carlyna, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Carole, Carolein, Caroliana, Carolin, Carolina, Caroll, Carollyn, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charlena, Charlene, Charline, Charlyne, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karla, Karlena, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karolin, Karolyn and Sharla.

Creative forms:
(female) Corlan, ..

(male) Caran, Carian, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carlan Amia (C.A.), ..

How popular is Carlan?

Carlan is an unusual given name for females but a very prominent surname for all people (#38992 out of 150436, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Carlan (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000 are Caroline (#62 via latest list), Callie (#196), Carly (#389), Carolina (#430), Karla (#510), Carolyn (#752), Karlie (#815), Carla (#873), Carley (#1106), Karli (#1292), Charlene (#1532), Carrie (#1680), Carol (#1768), Sharla, Charla, Cary, Carry, Karolyn, Karlene, Charlyne, Charleen, Karleen, Charline, Caroll, Carlota, Carlyn, Carline, Carlene, Cari, Carleen, Caro, Carola, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolin, Carole, Carolann and Carri. Other variants, like Caralynn, are seldom used. These relations of Carlan were popular as birth names 75 years ago (median #1098) and have become much less popular since (#1615, down 88.9%), with forms such as Cari becoming somewhat dated. Caroline, Callie and Karlie are three of the more trendy birth names in this compilation. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Callie, Cari, Carla, Carleen, Carlene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carley, Carline, Carlota, Carly, Carlyn in U.S.

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolyne, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie, Carry in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cary, Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlyne, Karla, Karleen, Karlene, Karli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karlie, Karolyn, Sharla in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Carlan is alike in pronunciation to Corlene, Karlin, Karline, Karlyn, Karlyne and Karlynn. Other recommended names are Arlan, Caela, Caelin, Caelyn, Cailin, Caitlan, Cala, Calen, Calyn, Carah, Carden, Cardon, Careen, Caren, Cariana, Carin, Carlaena, Carlana, Carleah, Carlena, Carlenna (see Carlene), Carlia, Carlie, Carlla, Carlonda, Carlye, Carma, Carman, Carmen, Carmin, Carolena, Caron, Caronn (see Karen), Carrin, Carron, Carson, Carylon, Carynn, Catelan, Catlain, Cayla, Charalyn, Charelin (see Cherilyn), Charlaine, Charlanna, Charlayne, Charlien, Charlyn, Charlynn, Cherlyn, Ciaran, Coralin, Darla, Darlyn, Earla, Garland, Kallan, Karan, Karlah, Kaylan, Marian, Marjan, Marlane, Marlen, Marlon, Marlyn, Maryan, Saran and Taran. These names tend to be more frequently used than Carlan.

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