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What does Carlos mean?

Carlos \c(a)-rlos, 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.

Carlos has 25 more related variations via Carl, Charles: Carel, Carl, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Chad, Charleson, Charley, Charlie, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Chas, Chaz, Chick, Chip, Chuck, Karel, Karl, Karol, Karolek, Karolik and Karoly.


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. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Carlos for boys. Carlos reached its apex position of #59 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is at #117 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carlos name in U.S.

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

Charles (#51 last year), Charlie (#225), Carl (#613), Chad (#703), Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Chas, Karl, Carrol, Cary, Carlo, Charley and Carroll are the prominent alternative forms of Carlos (#117 last year). Usage of these boy names reached its apex during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5149%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2194%, down 57.4%), with forms such as Chad, Carl, Karl, Carlo and Chaz becoming somewhat outmoded. Charlie (#225) and Carlos (#117) are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names here, with Charlie having a revival in usage. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Carlos and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad, Charles, Charley, Charlie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Karl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Carlos is pronounced similarly to Karlos. Other recommended similar baby names are Carlow, Carlson and Carolus. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carlos.