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". From Karl, the German form of Charles. See also Carlos. Poet Carl Sandburg; journalist Carl Bernstein; astronomer/author Carl Sagan; psychologist Carl Jung.
Related boy name: Carlyle.
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.Creative forms:
(male) Cairl, Carllo, ..
(female) Care, Carlle, .. Middle name pairings:
Carl Byron (C.B.), ..
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. Demographics)
Carl reached its apex position of #23 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is at #600 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Carl (#600 in recent rankings) are Carlito, Carlo (#1258 in recent rankings), Carlos (#117), Carlyle, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Chad (#763), Charles (#50), Charley (#1797), Charlie (#229), Charls, Charly, Chas, Chaz (#1430), Chip, Kale (#1100), Karl (#1082), Karlos and Karol. Other variants, like Charlot, are seldom used. These forms of Carl were at the peak of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 5.7%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.7%, 87.5% less).
Similar NamesRecommended names are Berl, Burl▼, Cabe, Cable, Cace, Cade, Cadel, Cael, Caeo, Caerd, Cai, Caile, Caily, Cain▲, Caio, Caird, Cairn, Cairo▲, Caje, Cal, Cale, Cam, Camry, Cap, Capel, Capp, Card, Carew, Carey▼, Carley, Carlin, Carlow, Carly, Carmel, Carne, Carny, Caroll, Caron, Carr, Carvel, Carvil, Caryll, Case▲, Cash▲, Cass, Cato, Caw, Cayle, Cayo, Caz, Ceri, Ciril, Ciro, Clare▼, Clark▲, Claro, Col, Coll, Cor, Cord, Cork, Cort, Cory▼, Curt▼, Cyril▼, Czar, Earl▼, Erl, Irl, Jarl and Perl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carl.See names in meaning and etymology.