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

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 (#5123 out of 88799, Top 6%). (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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karl name in U.S.

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

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 this boy name was at its apex during 1960-1969 and has become significantly lower since, 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad, Charles, Charley, Charlie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Kale, Karl, Karson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Earl, Jarl, Kael, Kail, Kari, Karr, Kiril and Kyril. These names tend to be less frequently used than Karl.