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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.


Carl has 3 variant forms: Carel, Karel and Karl.

For more information, see also the related boy name Carlyle.

There are 2 feminine forms of Carl: Carla and Carlene.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carl name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carlos, Carlyle, Charles, Karl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.