Meaning and Name Origin
Carmel \c(a)-rmel, car-mel\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Carmel) is pronounced kar-MEL. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Carmel is "garden, orchard". Biblical place name: Mount Carmel is in Israel near the city of Haifa, and is often referred to as a type of paradise. In the 12th century, a monastery was founded in there, from which the Carmelite monastic order came about. The monastery was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Carmel became one of the names taken from Marian titles (see also Dolores and Mercedes), in this case "Our Lady of Carmel". The name is used mainly by Roman Catholics. The form Carmen is more common. Editor Carmel Snow.
Carmel▼ has 45 variants: Carma, Carmaletta, Carmalit, Carmalita, Carmalla, Carman, Carmania, Carmanya, Carmarit, Carmela▼, Carmeli, Carmelia, Carmelina, Carmelit, Carmelita▼, Carmelitha, Carmelitia, Carmella▼, Carmelle, Carmellia, Carmellita, Carmesa, Carmesha, Carmi, Carmia, Carmie, Carmiela, Carmila, Carmill, Carmilla, Carmina, Carmine, Carmisha, Carmit, Carmiya, Carmy, Karmel, Karmela, Karmelit, Karmen, Lina▼, Lita, Melina▲, Melita and Mina▼.
Carmel▼ has 29 more different forms via Carmen, Dolores, Mercedes: Carmaine, Carmencita, Carmin, Carmita, Carmon, Carmyna, Carmynn, Carmyta, Charmaine▼, Dalores, Delora, Delores▼, Deloria, Deloris▼, Dolorcita, Dolorcitas, Dolorita, Doloritas, Karman, Karmia, Karmin, Karmina, Karmita, Karmyn, Lola▲, Lolita▼, Merced, Mercede and Mercedez.
Carmel is a very prominent first name for females (#1219 out of 4276, Top 28%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#38422 out of 88799, Top 43%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Carmel for girls. Carmel entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #579 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Carmel and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Carmel are Carma, Carmela, Carmelita, Carmella, Carmen (#383 last year), Charmaine, Delores, Deloris, Dolores, Lina (#767), Lola (#236), Lolita, Melina (#598), Mercedes (#984) and Mina (#687). These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 and are now significantly less widespread, with versions such as Carmel, Carmen, Deloris, Lolita and Mercedes becoming somewhat outmoded. Lola (#236) and Melina (#598) are two of the more fashionable birth names among these, with Lola undergoing a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)