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Meaning and Name Origin

Carole \c(a)-ro-le\ as a name for girls is of Old German origin, and the name Carole means "free man". Carole is a variation of Carol (Old German): originally a male name, an anglicized form of Carolus (see Charles). Carole is also a variant of Caroline (Old German): from the French form of Latin or Italian Carolina, a feminine derivative of Carolus (see Charles).


Carole has 18 variants: Carel, Cariel, Caroll, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Karel, Karol, Karole, Karryl, Karryll, Karyl, Karyll, Kerril, Kerryl and Keryl.

Carole has 18 more alternative forms via Carol, Caroline: Carely, Carla, Carlen, Carley, Carllen, Carly, Caro, Carola, Carolan, Carolee, Carolein, Carolena, Carolin, Caroly, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carrie and Carrola.


Carole is a very popular first name for women (#275 out of 4276, Top 6%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Carole for girls. Carole entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its top rank of #60 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carole name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carole and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Carole listed in the Top 1000 are Carla (#864 last year), Carley, Carly (#357), Carol, Carolee, Caroline (#58), Carolyn (#742), Carrie, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl and Karol. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 and have become much less widespread since, with forms such as Carla, Carley, Carolyn, Carroll and Caryl falling out of fashion. Carly (#357) and Caroline (#58) are two of the more chic birth names here, with Caroline having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carla, Carley, Carly, Carol, Carole, Carolee, Caroline, Carolyn, Carrie, Carrol in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carroll, Caryl, Karol in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Caralea, Caralee, Caralie, Carle, Carlee, Carli, Carlie, Carlla, Carlye, Charle and Creole. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carole.