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What does Karlin mean?

Karlin Pronunciation of Karlin [kar-lin] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Karlin) has its root in Old German, and the name Karlin means "free man". Karlin is an alternate form of Karl (Old German): German variation of Charles.


Karlin has 1 variant: Karlan.

13 more different relations via Karl: Carl, Kale, Karel, Karle, Karlens, Karli, Karlo, Karlos, Karlton, Karol, Karoly, Karrel and Karson.

Creative forms:
(male) Kierlin, ..

(female) Karken, Karsia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Karlin Loki (K.L.), ..

How popular is Karlin?

Karlin is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#13596 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Karlin (outside Top 2000) are Karson (#293 from current records), Carl (#600), Karl (#1082), Kale (#1100), Karol, Karlos and Karlton. Usage of these relations of Karlin was common in the 1910s (usage of 0.8%) and has become significantly reduced since (usage 0.11%, down 87%), with versions such as Carl falling out of fashion. Karson is the most chic boy name in this compilation. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carl, Kale, Karl, Karlos, Karlton in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karol, Karson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Karlin is pronounced similarly to Carlin. Other suggested similar names are Arlin, Bartin, Berlin, Cailin, Carling, Catlin, Dallin, Darin, Darvin, Darwin, Daylin, Earlie, Farin, Farrin, Galin, Garin, Garlan, Garlen, Garlin, Garlind, Garmin, Garrin, Garvin, Gaylin, Hamlin, Harbin, Harkin, Harlan, Harlen, Harli, Harlie, Harlin, Harlyn, Jaelin, Jalin, Jarin, Jarrin, Jaylin, Kadin, Kahlil, Kaidin, Kain, Kalen, Kalil, Kalin, Karlsen, Karman, Karmi, Katlin, Kattlin, Kaydin, Keallin (see Keelan), Kellin, Kervin, Korbin, Korin, Korrin, Larkin, Larrin, Malin, Mallin, Marlin, Marlinn (see Marlon), Martin, Marvin, Merlin, Nalin, Parkin, Paulin, Tallin, Tarin, Tarrin, Warrin and Waylin. These names tend to be more commonly used than Karlin.

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