What does Karl mean?
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.
1 feminine form: Karla.Creative forms:
(male) Keerl, Kurl, ..
(female) Karlle, Karlli, .. 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)
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.
Similar NamesSuggested 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.See names in meaning and etymology.