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What does Karel mean?

Karel Pronunciation of Karel [karel] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Karel) is of Old German derivation, and the name Karel means "free man". Karel is a version of Carl (Old German): from Karl. Karel is also a variant of Charles (Old German): from "karl".


Karel has 6 variants: Carel, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl, Karol and Karrel.

14 more different relations via Carl, Charles, Karl: Carlo, Cary, Kale, Karlan, Karle, Karlens, Karli, Karlin, Karlo, Karlos, Karolek, Karolik, Karoly and Karson.

Creative forms:
(male) Kasrel, Kierel, ..

(female) Kaner, Kaze, ..

Middle name pairings:
Karel Keegan (K.K.), ..

How popular is Karel?

Karel is a rare given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#25123 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Karel (not ranked) rated in the Top 2000 are Carl (#600 from current records), Carlo (#1258), Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Charles (#50), Kale (#1100), Karl (#1082), Karlos, Karol and Karson (#293). Adoption of these forms of Karel was more pronounced among parents 85 years ago (median #1016) and is now much diminished (#1365, 86.7% less usage). Charles is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Karson has gained in usage, while versions like Carrol are now less common. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carlo, Carrol, Carroll, Cary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caryl, Charles, Kale, Karl, Karlos in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karol, Karson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Karel is pronounced similarly to Caroll, Caryll, Kiril, Kirill, Kyrell, Kyril and Kyrill. Other suggested similar names are Airel, Arel, Aurel, Avrel, Azarel, Bartel, Cadel, Cael, Capel, Carmel, Dael, Darcel, Darel, Dariel, Darrel, Farrel, Gael, Gavrel, Harel, Harrel, Hazel, Jael, Jarel, Jarrel, Jerel, Jorel, Kacey, Kade, Kaden, Kael, Kagen, Kahil, Kail, Kaleb, Kaleel, Kaley, Kalil, Kamal, Kameel, Kamil, Kane, Kapel, Karam, Kareem, Kari, Karim, Karmel, Karmen, Karmi, Karney, Karny (see Kearney), Kasey, Kerem, Kordel, Koren, Korey, Kornel, Marcel, Mardel, Martel, Marvel, Orel, Orrel, Parnel, Pauel, Pavel, Rafel and Sorel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Karel.

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