Meaning and name origin
Carole \c(a)-ro-le\ as a girl's name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carole is "free man". Carole is a variant of Carol (Old German): originally a male name, an anglicized form of Carolus (see Charles). Also a variant of Caroline (Old German): from the French form of Latin or Italian Carolina, a feminine derivative of Carolus (see Charles).
Carole is a very popular first name for females (#275 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carole for girls. Carole reached its highest rank of #60 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carole and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Caroline (#58), Caryl, Karol, Carroll, Carrol, Carole and Carol. (2014 statistics).
Suggested similar baby names are Caralea, Caralee, Caralie, Carely, Carla, Carle, Carlee, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carlla, Carly, Carlye, Carola, Carolee, Caroly, Carrola, Charle and Creole. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carole.