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What does Carel mean?

Carel Pronunciation of Carel [carel] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Carel) is an Old German name, and the meaning of the name Carel is "free man". Carel is a variant form of Carl (Old German): from Karl. Carel is also a variation of Charles (Old German): from "karl".


Carel has 5 variants: Carrol, Carroll, Caryl, Karel and Karol.

8 more alternative forms via Carl, Charles: Carlo, Carlos, Cary, Charley, Charls, Charly, Karl and Karoly.

Creative forms:
(male) Carrel, Charel, ..

(female) Casel, Catel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carel Zack (C.Z.), ..

How popular is Carel?

Carel is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#36672 out of 150436, Top 24%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Carl (#600 via latest list), Carlo (#1258), Carlos (#117), Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Charles (#50), Charley (#1797), Charls, Charly, Karl (#1082) and Karol are the prominent varying forms of Carel (outside Top 2000). Other variants, like Karoly, are seldom used. These forms of Carel were favored by parents during 1880-1889 (average #965) and have become significantly less popular since (#1454, 88.2%), with forms like Carroll becoming less in vogue. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carrol, Carroll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cary, Caryl, Charles, Charley, Charls in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charly, Karl, Karol in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carl, Charles, Karl outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carel is alike in pronunciation to Caroll, Caryll, Coryell, Karrel, Kiril, Kyrell and Kyril. Other recommended names are Airel, Arel, Avrel, Bartel, Cabell, Cace, Cacey, Cade, Cadel, Cadell, Cael, Caje, Cal, Cale, Camren, Capel, Cappel, Cardell, Carden, Carew, Carey, Carley, Carly, Carmel, Carney, Caron, Carr, Carrey, Carvel, Carver, Ciril, Clare, Clarey, Coree (see Corey), Corey, Cree, Cyril, Dael, Darel, Dariel, Darnel, Farrel, Gamel, Harel, Harrel, Havel, Hazel, Jael, Jamel, Jarel, Jerel, Karmel, Mardel, Markel, Marvel, Nagel, Orel, Orrel, Parnel, Pauel, Pavel, Pawel, Pazel, Rafel, Ravel, Sahel, Sorel and Tyrel. These names tend to be more frequently used than Carel.

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