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Meaning and name origin

Carol \c(a)-rol\ as a girl's name is pronounced KARE-ul. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carol is "free man". Originally a male name, an anglicized form of Carolus (see Charles). Probably originated as a short form of Caroline, but sometimes given in reference to the English word "song" and associated with Christmas. First used toward the end of the 19th century. The French form Carole was made famous in the mid-20th century by actress Carole Lombard. It is sometimes paired with a monosyllabic second name, as in Carol-Ann. Actresses Carol Burnett, Carol Channing; skater Carol Heiss; playwright Caryl Churchhill.


Carol has 92 variant forms: Carel, Carely, Carey, Cari, Cariel, Carilis, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carlita, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly, Carlyn, Carlynn, Carlynne, Caro, Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carolee, Carolena, Carolin, Carolina, Carolinda, Caroline, Caroll, Caroly, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carrola, Carroll, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charleen, Charlena, Charlene, Charlotta, Charlotte, Charmain, Charmaine, Charmian, Charmion, Charyl, Cheryl, Cherlyn, Ina, Karel, Kari, Karla, Karleen, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karlinka, Karlote, Karlotta, Karol, Karole, Karolina, Karyl, Karyll, Karryl, Karryll, Kerril, Kerryl, Keryl, Lola, Loleta, Lolita, Lotta, Lotte, Lotti, Lottie, Sharleen, Sharlene, Sharline, Sharmain and Sharmain.

For more information, see also related girl names Callie and Kallie.


Carol is a very popular first name for females (#18 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#17414 out of 88799, Top 20%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carol for girls. Carol reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carol and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charlotte (#10), Caroline (#58), Callie (#186), Lola (#236), Carly (#357), Carolina (#407), Karla (#504), Kallie (#643), Carolyn (#742), Carla (#864), Karlie (#885), Lottie, Charmaine, Sharlene, Charlene, Charles, Cheryl, Lolita, Charleen, Karli, Kari, Lotta, Karol, Ina, Carroll, Carley, Carlotta, Carol, Carlene, Carleen, Carey, Cari, Carolann, Carole, Carrol, Cary, Caryl, Carrie, Carri, Carolee, Carolynn and Charla. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Callie, Carey, Cari, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carlotta, Carly, Carol in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carolann, Carole, Carolee, Carolina, Caroline, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie, Carrol in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charles, Charlotte, Charmaine, Cheryl in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ina, Kallie, Kari, Karla, Karli, Karlie, Karol, Lola, Lolita, Lotta in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lottie, Sharlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Callie, Carla, Carley, Carly, Carol outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carolina, Caroline, Carolyn, Carrie, Charlene outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charlotte, Charmaine, Cheryl, Kallie, Kari outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Karla, Karli, Karlie, Lola outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carol is also pronounced similarly to Coral. Other suggested similar baby names are Carle, Carli, Carlla, Caron and Charil. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carol.