What does Carly mean?
Carly [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.
Associated with: modern.
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.
Affiliated girl name: Carol.
75 more different relations via Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Caroline, Charlotte: Caddy, Callie▲, Caralin, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Cari▼, Carilyn, Carla▼, Carlah, Carlan, Carlana, Carle, Carleah, Carlein, Carlen, Carlena, Carleta, Carlia, Carlin, Carlina, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlla, Carllen, Carlota, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlynn, Carlynne, Carlyse, Caro, Carol▼, Carola, Carolan, Carole▼, Carolin, Caroll, Carollyn, Carolyn▼, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie▼, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Char, Chara, Charill, Charla, Charle, Charlet, Charlie▲, Charlot, Charly, Charlyne, Charo, Charty, Charyl, Cherlyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karla▼, Karlen, Karlin, Karlla, Karlyn, Karlyne, Karlynn, Karolyn and Sharla.Creative forms:
(female) Caral, Crely, ..
(male) Carby, Carco, .. Middle name pairings:
Carly Salma (C.S.), ..
How popular is Carly?
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. Demographics)
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 #389. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Carly (#389 a year ago) are Callie (#196 a year ago), Cari, Carla (#873), Carlee (#768), Carleen, Carleigh (#1095), Carlene, Carley (#1106), Carli (#1521), Carlie (#1047), Carline, Carlota, Carlyn, Caro, Carol (#1768), Carola, Carole, Carolin, Caroline (#62), Caroll, Carolyn (#752), Carolyne, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie (#1680), Carry, Cary, Charla, Charles, Charlie (#207), Charlotte (#9), Charly, Charlyne, Cherlyn, Karla (#510), Karlee (#701), Karleigh (#1096), Karlene, Karli (#1292), Karlie (#815), Karly (#1348), Karolyn and Sharla. These forms of Carly reached the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 (adoption of 5.8%) and have become much less popular since (adoption 1.5%, down 73.8%). Caroline is a perennial favorite, though Charlie has become popular as well over time, while versions like Carlene are now less common.
Carly▼ is pronounced similarly to Carely, Corlee, Corley, Corlie, Corly, Karlah, Karley and Karrla. Other suggested similar names are Arly, Baily, Cacey, Cacy, Caela, Caelyn, Caila, Cailey, Cailyn, Caity, Cal, Cala, Caley, Calla, Calley, Cally, Cammy, Candy▼, Carah, Caree, Carel, Caren, Carey▼, Carie, Carin, Caris, Carmy, Carna, Caroly, Caron, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Caryn▼, Cascy, Casey▼, Cassy, Cathy▼, Catlyn, Caty, Cayla▼, Cayley, Caylyn, Cazzy, Charley▲, Charli▲, Charlyn, Cilly, Clarey, Clarry, Colly, Coraly, Corey▼, Corry, Cory, Daly, Hadly, Haely, Haily, Hally, Harly, Kaly, Lally, Pauly, Sally▼, Sarely and Sharly. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carly.See names in meaning and etymology.