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 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)
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)