What does Carly mean?
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%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#95091 out of 150436, Top 63%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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) 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 (usage of 0.341%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.1637%, down 52%), 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), and there is a revival in birth name usage for Caroline and Charlotte. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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.