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Meaning and Name Origin

Carl \c(a)-rl\ as a boys' 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 variants: Carel, Karel and Karl.

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

Carl has 36 more related forms via Carlos, Charles, Karl: Carlito, Carlo, Carlos, Carrlos, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Chad, Charleson, Charley, Charlie, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Chas, Chaz, Chick, Chip, Chuck, Kale, Karlan, Karle, Karlens, Karli, Karlin, Karlo, Karlos, Karlton, Karol, Karolek, Karolik, Karoly, Karrel and Karson.

Carl has 2 feminine forms: Carla and Carlene.


Carl is a very popular first name for men (#47 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#3317 out of 88799, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Carl for boys. Carl reached its apex position of #20 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #613 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Carl and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Carl (#613 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Carlo, Carlos (#117 in 2014), Carlyle, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad (#703), Charles (#51), Charley, Charlie (#225), Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Kale (#972), Karl and Karson (#330). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 and are now much less widespread, with forms like Carl, Carlo, Chad, Kale and Karl becoming somewhat dated. Carlos (#117), Charlie (#225) and Karson (#330) are three of the more chic baby names in this compilation, with Charlie undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carlyle, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad, Charles, Charley in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charlie, Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Kale, Karl, Karson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Cael, Cal, Card, Carley, Carlow, Carly, Caroll, Carr, Caryll, Ciril, Cyril, Earl and Jarl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carl.