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Carl 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 name Carlyle.
Baby names that sound like Carl are Carly, Carlo and Caryl.
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Popularity of Carl
Carl is a very popular first name for men (#47 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3317 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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