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pinWhat does Carl mean?

Carl /carl/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name is pronounced karl. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carl is "free man".

From Karl, the German form of Charles. See also Carlos. Poet Carl Sandburg; journalist Carl Bernstein; astronomer/author Carl Sagan; psychologist Carl Jung.


Carl has 3 variants: Carel, Karel and Karl.

Related boy name: Carlyle.

Carl has 27 more related forms via Carlos, Charles, Karl: Carlito, Carlo, Carlos, Carrlos, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Chad, Charley, Charlie, Charlot, Charls, Charly, Chas, Chaz, Chip, Kale, Karlan, Karle, Karli, Karlin, Karlo, Karlos, Karol, Karoly and Karrel.

Carl has 2 feminine forms: Carla and Carlene.

Kreatif forms: Carlle, Carllo, Carlly. [more]

pinHow popular is Carl?

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 (#2746 out of 150436, Top 2%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Popular alternative forms of Carl (#613 in 2014) are Carlo, Carlos (#117 in 2014), Carlyle, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad (#703), Charles (#51), Charley, Charlie (#225), Chas, Chaz, Chip, Kale (#972) and Karl. Variants like Charls are seldom used. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.4565%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2074%, 54.6% less), with forms like Carl, Carlo, Chad, Kale and Karl becoming somewhat dated. Carlos (#117) and Charlie (#225) are two of the more chic baby names in this compilation, with Charlie undergoing a resurgence in usage. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Carl and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carlyle, Carrol in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carroll, Cary, Chad, Charles, Charley in U.S.

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

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

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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.