Meaning and name origin
Karl \k(a)-rl\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Karl: Karla.
Karl is a very popular first name for males (#228 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5123 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Karl for boys. Karl reached its highest rank of #142 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Karl and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charles (#51), Karson (#330), Carl (#613), Kale (#972) and Karl. (2014 statistics).