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What does Karl mean?

Karl Pronunciation of Karl [karl] as a boys' name is pronounced karl. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Karl is "free man". German form of Charles. Fashion designers Karl Lagerfield, Karl Kani; economist Karl Marx; basketball player Karl Malone.


Karl has 15 variants: Carl, Kale, Karel, Karlan, Karle, Karlens, Karli, Karlin, Karlo, Karlos, Karlton, Karol, Karoly, Karrel and Karson.

10 more alternative forms via Charles: Carel, Carlo, Carlos, Carrol, Cary, Caryl, Charls, Charly, Karolek and Karolik.

1 feminine form: Karla.

Creative forms:
(male) Keerl, Kurl, ..

(female) Kadra, Katu, ..

Middle name pairings:
Karl Orin (K.O.), ..

How popular is Karl?

Karl is a very popular first name for men (#228 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#5227 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Karl reached its peak position of #153 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #1082. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Karl (#1082 from current records) rated in the Top 2000 are Charles (#50 from current records), Carlos (#117), Karson (#293), Carl (#600), Kale (#1100), Carlo (#1258), Karlos, Karol, Karlton, Charls, Carrol, Cary, Caryl and Charly. Usage of these relations of Karl was at its apex during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 3.7%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.7%, 82%), with forms like Carl falling out of fashion. Karson is the most chic birth name in this compilation.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cary, Caryl, Charles, Charls, Charly in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Berl, Burl, Earl, Erl, Irl, Jarl, Kacy, Kade, Kael, Kahil, Kahn, Kai, Kail, Kaile, Kain, Kaird, Kairn, Kaj, Kalil, Kam, Kamal, Kamil, Kana, Kane, Kano, Kapel, Karam, Kari, Karim, Karmel, Karmi, Karny (see Kearney), Karr, Kasi, Kass, Kato, Kay, Kaye, Kayle, Kaz, Kearn, Keary, Kell, Ker, Kerk, Kern, Kerr, Kiril, Kirk, Kord, Kori, Kort, Kory, Kurt, Kyril, Kyrk and Perl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Karl.

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