What does Carmel mean?
Carmel [carmel] 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.Creative forms:
(female) Camel, ..
(male) Carmelli, .. Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Carmel?
Carmel is a very prominent first name for females (#1219 out of 4276, Top 28%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#22098 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Carmel reached its top position of #662 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Carmel are Carma, Carman, Carmela (#1832 from recent data), Carmelina, Carmelita, Carmella (#1486), Carmen (#382), Carmon, Dolores, Karmen (#1302), Karmyn (#1735), Lina (#857), Lita, Melina (#594), Mercedes (#1093) and Mina (#761). These relations of Carmel were at the top of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (average #1088) and are now significantly less widespread (#1531, 84% less usage), with versions such as Mercedes becoming less stylish. Melina is the most fashionable birth name among these.
Carmel is pronounced similarly to Karmelle. Other suggested similar names are Barbel, Camela, Cameo, Cammeo, Carabel, Carden, Caree, Careen, Carel, Carely, Caren, Carey▼, Carie, Cariel, Carle, Carlee▲, Carlen, Carley▼, Carniela, Carol▼, Caroll, Carree, Carren, Carrey, Carrol, Carwen, Caryl, Caryll, Cornela, Darcel, Darel, Darrel, Karel, Mariel and Marvel▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carmel.See names in meaning and etymology.