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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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Carlyle.
Carl is a very popular first name for males (#47 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3317 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carl for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Carl and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Carl, Carlos, Carlyle, Charles and Karl. (2014 statistics).
Carl is also pronounced similarly to Karle. Other suggested similar baby names are Cael, Cal, Card, Carley, Carlo, Carlow, Carly, Caroll, Carr, Carrol, Cary, Caryl, Caryll, Charly, Ciril, Cyril, Earl and Jarl. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carl.
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