What 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".
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▲.more]
How 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)
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). Variants like Charlot are seldom used. 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%, 48.4% less), 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)