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What does Carlos mean?

Carlos Pronunciation of Carlos [car-los] as a boys' name is pronounced KAR-lohs. It is of Spanish and Old German origin, and the meaning of Carlos is "free man". Variant of Charles. See also Carl. Film directors Carlos Saura, and Carl Ponti.


Carlos has 3 variants: Carlito, Carlo and Carrlos.

14 more relations via Carl, Charles: Carel, Carl, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Charley, Charlie, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Karl and Karol.

Creative forms:
(male) Calos, ..

(female) Carlet, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carlos Keshawn (C.K.), ..

How popular is Carlos?

Carlos is a very popular first name for men (#81 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2718 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Carlos reached its apex position of #59 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is at #117 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlos name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carlos outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Charles (#50 from recent data), Charlie (#229), Carl (#600), Karl (#1082), Carlo (#1258), Charley (#1797), Charly, Karol, Charls, Charlton, Caryl, Carlito, Carrol, Carroll and Cary are the prominent alternative forms of Carlos (#117 from recent data). Other forms, like Carel, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Carlos was common during 1880-1889 (adoption of 5.7%) and has become much lower since (adoption 0.7%, down 88%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlos, Carl, Carlito, Carlo, Carrol in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Charles, Charley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlie, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Karl, Karol in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carl, Charles, Charlie, Karl outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carlos is pronounced similarly to Corless, Corliss and Karlos. Other recommended names are Barlow, Cadmos (see Cadmus), Callis, Callys, Cardon, Carley, Carlin, Carlisle, Carlow, Carlowe (see Carlow), Carlsen, Carlson, Carlssen (see Carlsen), Carlsson, Carlton, Carly, Carolus, Caron, Carson, Farlow, Harlo, Harloe, Harlow, Karlo, Marcos, Markos, Marloe, Marlon, Marlow, Pablos and Paulos. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carlos.

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