Meaning and Name Origin
Carlene \c(a)-rle-ne, car-lene\ as a girls' 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 prominent first name for females (#813 out of 4276, Top 19%) but an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Carlene for girls. Carlene was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its apex position of #409 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Carlene and affiliated names. Caroline (#58 a year ago), Carly (#357), Carla (#864), Charles, Karlene, Carol, Carl and Carleen are the popular related forms of Carlene. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Carla, Charles, Carol, Carlene and Carleen falling out of fashion. Caroline (#58) and Carly (#357) are two of the more fashionable birth names here, with Caroline having a resurgence in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Carlene▼ is pronounced similarly to Corlene. Other recommended similar baby names are Cailene, Caraline, Caralyne, Carilena, Carlee▼, Carling, Carolena, Carolyne, Charleene, Charlena, Charlene▼, Charline▼, Charlyne, Darlene▼, Earlene▼, Harlene and Marlene▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carlene.