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What does Carnell mean?

Carnell Pronunciation of Carnell [car-nell] as a boys' name is pronounced kar-NEL. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Carnell is "defender of the castle". Carne (karn) is a Welsh variant of the English surname Cairn, meaning a landmark or memorial made of piled-up stones.

Associated with: defender, surname, stones (rock).


Carnell has 2 variants: Carne and Carnelle.

1 more alternative form via Cairn: Cairne.

Creative forms:
(male) Canell, Carwell, ..


Middle name pairings:
Carnell Nazir (C.N.), ..

How popular is Carnell?

Carnell is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#11684 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Carnell entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak rank of #859 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Carnell is alike in pronunciation to Cornall, Cornel, Cornell, Kornel and Kornell. Other suggested similar names are Arnell, Burnell, Cabell, Caddell, Cadell, Capell, Cardell, Cardelle, Carel, Carmel, Carmeli, Carmello, Carmelo, Carney, Caroll, Carroll, Carswell, Cartrell, Carvel, Carvell, Caryll, Caswell, Connell, Cordell, Corneille, Cornelio, Cornelus, Coryell, Curtell, Danell, Darcell, Dariell, Darnall, Darneil, Darnel, Darnell, Darrell, Darvell, Farnall (see Farnell), Farnell, Farrell, Gardell, Harrell, Harwell, Jarell, Jarrell, Jarvell, Larell, Larnell, Lornell (see Lorne), Marcell, Markell, Martell, Marvell, Marzell, Parnel, Parnell, Parrnell, Pernell, Ranell, Raynell, Vernell and Wardell. These names tend to be more commonly used than Carnell.

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