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Carol 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 names Callie and Kallie. Baby names that sound like Carol are Carlla, Carli, Carle and Coral.
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Popularity of Carol
Carol is a very popular first name for women (#18 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#17414 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
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