What does Carole mean?
Carole /ca-r-ole/ [2 sylls.] as a name for girls is of Old German origin, and the name Carole means "free man". Carole is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -e, 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.Kreatif forms: Canrole, Caroze, Clarole. [more]
How popular is Carole?
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. Variants like Carolin are seldom used. 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%, ▼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)