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.more]
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)
Shown below is the baby name statistics of Carol for girls. Carol reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Carol are Charlotte (#10 in recent rankings), Caroline (#58), Callie (#186), Lola (#236), Carly (#357), Carolina (#407), Karla (#504), Kallie (#643), Carolyn (#742), Carla (#864), Karlie (#885), Cheryl, Charles, Charmaine, Kari, Ina, Karli, Lottie, Sharlene, Lotta, Lolita, Karol, Karolyn, Charlene, Cary, Carlotta, Carolann, Carley, Carlene, Carey, Cari, Carleen, Carole, Carolee, Carroll, Caryl, Charla, Carrol, Carrie, Carolynn, Carri and Charleen. Other forms, like Carlen, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Carol reached its highest during the years 1940-1949 (adoption of 0.377%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.142%, ▼62%), with forms like Carley, Carla, Carolyn, Karli and Carleen 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 similar baby names are Cal, Camron, Cara▼, Carah, Cardon, Caree, Caren▼, Carie, Carin, Caris, Carle, Carli▼, Carlla, Carma, Carmel▼, Carmi, Carmon, Carmy, Carna, Caron, Caronn, Caroyln, Carron, Carson▼, Caryn▼, Carys, Cason, Cato, Charil and Charo. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carol.