What does Carole mean?
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. Carole is also a variant of Caroline (Old German).
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%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#75466 out of 150436, Top 50%). (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 usage of Carole and corresponding names. Carla (#864 last year), Carley, Carly (#357), Carol, Carolee, Caroline (#58), Carolyn (#742), Carrie, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl and Karol are the popular related forms of Carole listed in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.5375%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.1522%, down 71.7%), 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)