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What does Carol mean?

Carol Pronunciation of 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH 19th century, 20th century (modern)


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, 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, Sharmain

SEE ALSO Callie, Kallie

RELATED FORMS VIA CAROLINE Caddy, Caralin, Caralyn, Carilyn, Carlan, Carlen, Carllen, Carolan, Carolein, Carollyn, Carolyne, Karolin, Karolyn

(female) Caroli, Carryl, ..

(male) Carby, Carwal, ..

Carol Addyson (C.A.), ..

How popular is Carol?

Carol is a very prominent first name for women (#18 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#16745 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Carol reached its peak position of #5 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #1768. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Charlotte (#9 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Caroline (#62), Lola (#224), Carly (#389), Carolina (#430), Karla (#510), Carolyn (#752), Karlie (#815), Carla (#873), Carley (#1106), Karli (#1292), Charlene (#1532), Carrie (#1680), Karolina (#1712), Kari (#1817), Ina, Cheryl, Cherlyn, Charles, Charlotta, Sharlene, Charmaine, Karel, Karleen, Karyl, Lotta, Lolita, Karole, Karol, Loleta, Lottie, Sharleen, Carry, Caro, Carlyn, Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carlotta, Carlota, Cari, Carleen, Carlene, Carline, Carolee, Carolin, Carey, Cary, Caryl, Charla, Carroll, Carrol, Caroll, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri and Charleen are the popular variation forms of Carol (#1768). Adoption of these relations of Carol was widespread during 1940-1949 (MEDIAN #1081) and has become significantly diminished since (#1706, DOWN 79%), with forms like Carla falling out of fashion. Charlotte, Caroline and Karlie are three of the more contemporarily stylish girl names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carey, Cari, Carla, Carleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlene, Carley, Carline, Carlota, Carlotta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carly, Carlyn, Caro, Carola, Carolann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carole, Carolee, Carolin, Carolina, Caroline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caroll, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carrie, Carrol, Carroll, Carry, Cary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caryl, Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charles in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlotta, Charlotte, Charmaine, Cherlyn, Cheryl in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ina, Karel, Kari, Karla, Karleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karole, Karolina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karyl, Lola, Loleta, Lolita, Lotta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lottie, Sharleen, Sharlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla, Carly, Carolina, Caroline, Charlotte outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lola, Lottie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carol is pronounced similarly to Carel, Cariel, Carole, Caroll, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Coral, Karel, Karol, Karole, Karryl, Karyl, Karyll, Keryl and Koral. Other recommended names are Cal, Camron, Cara, Carah, Cardon, Caree, Carely, Caren, Carey, Cari, Carie, Carin, Caris, Carla, Carle, Carli, Carlla, Carly, Carma, Carmel, Carmi, Carmon, Carmy, Carna, Caro, Carola, Carolan, Carolee, Carolin, Caroly, Carolyn, Caron, Caronn (see Karen), Caroyln, Carri, Carrola, Carron, Carry, Carson, Cary, Caryn, Carys, Cason, Cato, Charil, Charo and Charyl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carol.