What does Carol mean?
Carol [car-ol] as a girls' 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 variants: 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, Cherlyn, Cheryl▼, Ina▼, Karel, Kari▼, Karla▼, Karleen, Karli, Karlie▲, Karlina, Karlinka, Karlote, Karlotta, Karol▼, Karole, Karolina, Karryl, Karryll, Karyl, Karyll, Kerril, Kerryl, Keryl, Lola, Loleta, Lolita, Lotta▼, Lotte, Lotti, Lottie▼, Sharleen, Sharlene, Sharline, Sharmain and Sharmain.Creative forms:
(female) Caroli, Carryl, ..
(male) Carby, Carwal, .. Middle name pairings:
Carol Addyson (C.A.), ..
How popular is Carol?
Carol is a very popular first name for women (#18 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#16745 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Carol reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #1768 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Carol (#1768 in recent rankings) are Charlotte (#9 in recent rankings), Caroline (#62), Callie (#196), Lola (#224), Carly (#389), Carolina (#430), Karla (#510), Kallie (#695), Carolyn (#752), Karlie (#815), Carla (#873), Carley (#1106), Karli (#1292), Charlene (#1532), Carrie (#1680), Karolina (#1712), Kari (#1817), Cheryl, Ina, Cherlyn, Charlotta, Sharlene, Charmaine, Sharleen, Lotta, Karol, Karole, Karolyn, Karyl, Charles, Lolita, Lottie, Loleta, Karleen, Karel, Carry, Carlyn, Carlotta, Caro, Carola, Carolann, Carlota, Carline, Carey, Cari, Carleen, Carlene, Carole, Carolee, Carroll, Carrol, Cary, Caryl, Charla, Carri, Carolynne, Carolin, Caroll, Carolyne, Carolynn and Charleen. Other forms, like Caddy, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Carol reached its highest 75 years ago (adoption of 6.49%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 1.49%, ▼77%), with forms like Carly becoming somewhat outmoded. Caroline has been the recurring favorite, though Charlotte is currently more frequently used.
Carol▼ is pronounced similarly to Coral and Koral. Other recommended names are Cal, Camron, Cara▼, Carah, Cardon, Caree, Caren, Carie, Carin, Caris, Carle, Carli, Carlla, Carma, Carmel, Carmi, Carmon, Carmy, Carna, Caron, Caronn (see Karen), Caroyln, Carron, Carson, Caryn▼, Carys, Cason, Cato, Charil and Charo. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carol.See names in meaning and etymology.