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What does Carl mean?

Carl \c(a)-rl\ 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.

For more on this name, 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 (#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, Chuck, Kale (#972), Karl and Karson (#330). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4291%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2216%, down 48.4%), 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. 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, 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.