What does Karl mean?
Karl \k(a)-rl\ 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 22 more alternative forms via Charles: Carel, Carlo▼, Carlos, Carrol▼, Carroll▼, Cary▼, Caryl, Chad▼, Charleson, Charley▼, Charlie, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Chas▼, Chaz▼, Chick, Chip▼, Chuck▼, Karolek and Karolik.
Karl has 1 feminine form: Karla.
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Karl for boys. Karl reached its peak position of #142 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Karl rated in the Top 1000 are Charles (#51 the previous year), Carlos (#117), Charlie (#225), Karson (#330), Carl (#613), Chad (#703), Kale (#972), Chip, Chuck, Chaz, Charley, Carlo, Carrol, Carroll, Cary and Chas. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4544%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.2346%, down 48.4%), with forms like Kale, Chad, Carl, Karl and Carlo falling out of fashion. Karson (#330), Charlie (#225) and Carlos (#117) are three of the more chic birth names in this compilation, with Charlie undergoing a revival in usage. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Karl and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)