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.
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).
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).