Meaning and Name Origin
Carl \c(a)-rl\ as a boys' 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▼ 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▲.
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 (#3317 out of 88799, Top 4%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Carl and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Carl (#613 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 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). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 and are now much less widespread, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)