Meaning and name origin
Carlene \c(a)-rle-ne, car-lene\ as a girl's name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carlene is "free man". Carlene and Carline are feminine form of Carl or Charles. The Latin form Carlina has been used since 1803, while Carlene became popular in the US since 1919.
Carlene is a very popular first name for females (#813 out of 4276, Top 19%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carlene for girls. Carlene reached its highest rank of #409 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carlene and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Caroline (#58), Carly (#357), Carla (#864), Charles, Karlene, Carol, Carlene, Carl and Carleen. (2014 statistics).
Carlene▼ is also pronounced similarly to Carlan, Carlein, Carlin, Carllen, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Corlene, Karline and Karlyne. Other suggested similar baby names are Cailene, Caraline, Caralyne, Carilena, Carlana, Carlee▼, Carling, Carlyna, Carolena, Carolyne, Charleene, Charlena, Charlene▼, Charline▼, Charlyne, Darlene▼, Earlene▼, Harlene and Marlene▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carlene.