Meaning and Name Origin
Carly \c(a)-rly, car-ly\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' 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 variants: 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▲ has 33 more different forms via Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Caroline, Charlotte: Caddy, Caralyn, Cari▼, Carilyn, Carla▼, Carlah, Carlan, Carle, Carlen, Carlia, Carlin, Carlis, Carlla, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlynn, Carlyse, Caro, Carol▼, Carola, Carole▼, Caroll, Carolyn▼, Carri, Carry, Cary, Charla▼, Charle, Charly, Charty, Karla▲ and Karlyn.
Carly is a very popular first name for women (#874 out of 4276, Top 20%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Carly for girls. Carly was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #122 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #357. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carly and associated names. Popular variation forms of Carly (#357 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Cari, Carla (#864 a year ago), Carlee (#829), Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie (#966), Carol, Carole, Caroline (#58), Carolyn (#742), Carri, Cary, Charla, Charles, Charlotte (#10), Karla (#504), Karlee (#693), Karlene, Karli, Karlie (#885) and Karly. These girl names reached the top of their popularity in 1996 and have become much less popular since, with forms like Carla, Carlee, Carley, Carlie and Karly falling out of fashion. The trendier birth names among these are Carly (#357), Caroline (#58), Charlotte (#10), Karla (#504) and Karlee (#693), with Caroline and Charlotte having a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Carly▲ is pronounced similarly to Carely, Corley, Corly and Karley▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Cally, Carel, Carey▼, Carmy, Caroly, Caryl▼, Caryle, Caryll, Charley▲, Charli▲, Coraly and Harly. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carly.