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Karel (girl)

What does Karel mean?

Karel Pronunciation of Karel [karel] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Karel) has its root in Old German, and the meaning of the name Karel is "free man". Karel is a version of Carol (Old German): originally a male name.


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

18 more related forms via Carol: Carely, Carey, Cari, Carla, Carley, Carly, Caro, Carola, Caroly, Carri, Carry, Cary, Charyl, Kari, Karla, Karleen, Karli and Karlie.

Creative forms:
(female) Kairel, Keerel, ..

(male) Karelli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Karel Kinzley (K.K.), ..

How popular is Karel?

Karel is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent last name for all people (#25123 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Karel was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex position of #1421 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karel name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Carey, Cari, Carla (#873 from recent data), Carley (#1106), Carly (#389), Caro, Carol (#1768), Carola, Carole, Caroll, Carri, Carrol, Carroll, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Kari (#1817), Karla (#510), Karleen, Karli (#1292), Karlie (#815), Karol, Karole and Karyl are the popular alternative forms of Karel appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Karel was at its peak 8 decades ago (median #1317) and is now much less (#1702, 96.6% less usage), with versions such as Cari becoming less in vogue. Karlie is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karel, Carey, Cari, Carla, Carley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carly, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carole in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caroll, Carri, Carrol, Carroll, Carry in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cary, Caryl, Kari, Karla, Karleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karli, Karlie, Karol, Karole, Karyl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Karel is alike in pronunciation to Coral, Karielle, Koral and Korall. Other suggested similar names are Barbel, Batel, Darel, Darrel, Gael, Gayel, Hazel, Janel, Jayel, Kace, Kacee, Kacey, Kade, Kaeli, Kalea, Kalee, Kalei, Kalen, Kamea, Kara, Karah, Karas, Karee, Kareen, Karen, Karena, Karene, Karess, Karie, Karin, Karis, Karlee, Karlen, Karley, Karlla, Karly, Karma, Karmel, Karmela, Karon, Karra, Karren, Karri, Karrla, Karry, Kary, Karys, Kasee, Kasey, Kate, Katee, Katell, Katriel, Keree, Keren, Kore, Koree, Koren, Korey, Kyel, Lael, Laurel, Lorel, Madel, Mariel, Marvel, Merel, Orel, Rahel, Rakel and Sharel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Karel.

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