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What does Carlene mean?

Carlene Pronunciation of Carlene [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 has 17 variants: Carlaena, Carleen, Carleena, Carlen, Carlena, Carlenna, Carlina, Carline, Carlyn, Karleen, Karlen, Karlena, Karlene, Karlin, Karlina, Karlyn and Karlynn.

Related girl names: Carly, Carla, Carol and Caroline.

12 more relations via Carlina, Carline: Carlan, Carlana, Carlein, Carlin, Carllen, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlynne, Karlein, Karline and Karlyne.

Creative forms:
(female) Calene, Carlele, ..

(male) Carleco, Carleno, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carlene Lillianna (C.L.), ..

How popular is Carlene?

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)

Carlene was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex position of #436 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlene name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Caroline (#62 via latest list), Carly (#389), Carla (#873), Carol (#1768), Charles, Karleen, Karlene, Carlyn, Carline, Carl and Carleen are the popular related forms of Carlene rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Karlein, are seldom used. These relations of Carlene were popular as birth names in the 1940s (adoption of 3.35%) and have become significantly less conventional since (adoption 0.39%, 88.4%), with forms such as Charles falling out of fashion. Caroline is the most fashionable birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlene, Carl, Carla, Carleen, Carline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carly, Carlyn, Carol, Caroline, Charles in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Carlene is pronounced similarly to Corlene. Other recommended names are Cailene, Calee, Callee, Caralin, Caree, Caren, Carilena (see Caroline), Carilynne (see Caroline), Carle, Carleta, Carlette, Carley, Carlie, Carling, Carlye, Carlyse, Carmen, Carolanne, Carolee, Carolien, Carolin, Carolina, Carolyn, Carolynn, Caronne, Carree, Carrine, Carwen, Carynne, Cathlene, Catline, Cauleyne, Caylen, Celene, Charlayne, Charleen, Charleena, Charlene, Charlien, Charline, Charlyne, Charmene, Clarene, Collene, Coralena, Corene, Correne, Dalene, Darleane, Darlene, Darline, Darylene, Earldene (see Earla), Earline, Gaylene, Harlee, Kailene, Kalene, Karene, Kaylene, Laraene, Lurlene, Marcene, Marlee, Marlene, Marlenn (see Marlin), Marlyne, Maylene, Orlene, Paulene, Raelene, Raylene, Starlene and Talene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carlene.

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