Meaning and name origin
Carl \c(a)-rl\ as a boy's name is pronounced karl. It is of Old German origin. From Karl, the German form of Charles (Old German) "free man". See also Carlos. Poet Carl Sandburg; journalist Carl Bernstein; astronomer/author Carl Sagan; psychologist Carl Jung.
For more information, see also the related boy name Carlyle.
Carl is a very popular first name for males (#47 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3317 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carl for boys. Carl reached its highest rank of #20 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Carl and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charles (#51), Carlos (#117), Carl (#613), Karl and Carlyle. (2014 statistics).
Carl▼ is also pronounced similarly to Karle. Other suggested similar baby names are Cael▼, Cal▼, Card, Carley, Carlo▼, Carlow, Carly, Caroll, Carr, Carrol▼, Cary▼, Caryl, Caryll, Charly, Ciril, Cyril▼, Earl▼ and Jarl. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carl.