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.
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.Kreatif forms: Karldy, Karlley, Karlne. [more]
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Karl for boys. Karl reached its peak position of #142 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Karl rated in the Top 1000 are Charles (#51 2 years ago), 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 relations of Karl was at its apex during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4544%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2346%, ▼48.4%), with forms like Kale, Chad, Carl, Karl and Carlo falling out of fashion. Charles has been the overall favorite, although Charlie seems to be gaining favor too. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Karl and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)