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What does Carlson mean?

Carlson Pronunciation of Carlson [carl-son] as a boys' name has its roots in Scandinavian and Old English, and the name Carlson means "son of Carl; free peasant settlement". Carlson is an alternate form of Carlsen (Scandinavian). Carlson is also a variant of Carlton (Old English): place name and surname.

Associated with: scandinavian, old english, peasant (farmer).


Carlson has 6 variants: Carlssen, Carlsson, Karlsen, Karlson, Karlssen and Karlsson.

3 more related forms via Carlsen, Carlton: Carleton, Carston and Charlton.

Creative forms:
(male) Calson, Carlcon, ..

(female) Carlsie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carlson Raylan (C.R.), ..

How popular is Carlson?

Carlson is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#225 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Carlton (#1660 last year), Charlton and Carleton are the popular alternative forms of Carlson (outside Top 2000). Adoption of these relations of Carlson reached its apex 85 years ago (adoption of 0.1%) and is now much reduced, with the form Carlton falling out of fashion. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carleton, Carlton, Charlton in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carlson and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Cardon, Carlin, Carlisle, Carlo, Carlos, Carlow, Caron, Carrlos, Carsan, Carsen, Carson, Cason, Charleson, Charleston, Charls, Colson, Coulson, Earlston, Earlton, Garson, Karlton, Karson, Larson, Larsson, Marlon, Parson and Paulson. These names tend to be more frequently used than Carlson.

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