What does Carl mean?
Carl /carl/ 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 2 years ago) are Carlo, Carlos (#117 2 years ago), Carlyle, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad (#703), Charles (#51), Charley, Charlie (#225), Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Kale (#972), Karl and Karson (#330). Other variants, like Charlot, are seldom used. These forms of Carl were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4291%) and are somewhat less conventional today (usage 0.2216%, 48.4% less). Charles is more universally found than the rest, though Karson has also become popular as well over time, while forms like Carl, Carlo, Chad, Kale and Karl are now less common. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Carl and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)