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What does Carmen mean?

Carmen \c(a)-rmen, car-men\ as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' name Carmen) is pronounced KAR-men. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Carmen is "garden, orchard". Originally a Spanish form of Carmel, influenced by the Latin word "carmen", "song". One of the titles of the Virgin Mary is Santa Maria del Carmen, meaning "Saint Mary of Mount Carmel", and this form of the name honors her. Also the name of the tragic romantic heroine of Bizet's opera "Carmen" (1875). Dancer Carmen Miranda; model Carmen Kass; actress Carmen Electra.


Carmen has 28 variants: Carma, Carmaine, Carman, Carmelia, Carmelina, Carmelita, Carmencita, Carmi, Carmia, Carmie, Carmin, Carmina, Carmine, Carmita, Carmon, Carmyna, Carmynn, Carmyta, Charmaine, Karman, Karmen, Karmia, Karmin, Karmina, Karmita, Karmyn, Lita and Mina.

Carmen has 32 more different forms via Carmel: Carmaletta, Carmalit, Carmalita, Carmalla, Carmania, Carmanya, Carmarit, Carmela, Carmeli, Carmelit, Carmelitha, Carmelitia, Carmella, Carmelle, Carmellia, Carmellita, Carmesa, Carmesha, Carmiela, Carmila, Carmill, Carmilla, Carmisha, Carmit, Carmiya, Carmy, Karmel, Karmela, Karmelit, Lina, Melina and Melita.


Carmen is a very popular first name for females (#111 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#10119 out of 88799, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Carmen for girls. Carmen reached its top rank of #50 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #383. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carmen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carmen outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Carmen and related names. Carma, Carmel, Carmela, Carmelita, Carmella, Charmaine, Lina (#767 a year ago), Melina (#598) and Mina (#687) are the prominent related forms of Carmen (#383 a year ago). Adoption of these girl names was at its peak during the years 1900-1909 and has become significantly lower since, with forms such as Carmel, Carmelita, Carmella, Carmen and Charmaine becoming somewhat outmoded. Melina (#598) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carma, Carmel, Carmela, Carmelita, Carmella, Carmen, Charmaine, Lina, Melina, Mina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lina, Melina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Carden, Careen, Caren, Carlen, Carren, Carwen, Charmeen, Charmene, Charmin and Charmyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carmen.