Meaning and name origin
Carmel \c(a)-rmel, car-mel\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 variant forms: 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 is a very popular first name for females (#1219 out of 4276, Top 28%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#38422 out of 88799, Top 43%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carmel for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carmel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Carmen (#383), Melina (#598), Mina (#687), Lina (#767), Mercedes (#984), Carmella, Carmela, Dolores, Carma, Carmel and Carmelita. (2014 statistics).