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Meaning and name origin
Carly \c(a)-rly, car-ly\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Carly), is pronounced KAR-lee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Carly is "free man". Feminine of Charles. Also pet or short form of Carla, Caroline and Charlotte. A modern-day shorter version of the forms Carleen and Carlene, which were a product of the 1960s. Singer Carly Simon.
Carly has 22 variant forms: Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carline, Carlita, Carlye, Carlyne, Carlyta, Karlee, Karleigh, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karline, Karlita, Karly, Karlye and Karlyta.
For more information, see also the related girl name Carol.
Carly is a very popular first name for females (#874 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carly for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carly and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Carla, Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carly, Carol, Caroline, Charles, Charlotte, Karlee, Karlene, Karli, Karlie and Karly. (2014 statistics).
Carly is also pronounced similarly to Carely, Carlah, Carlia, Carlla, Corley, Corly, Karla and Karley. Other suggested similar baby names are Cally, Carel, Carey, Carle, Carlyn, Carmy, Carola, Carole, Caroll, Caroly, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charle, Charley, Charli, Charly, Coraly and Harly. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carly.
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