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What does Carly mean?

Carly Pronunciation of Carly as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Carly) is pronounced KAR-lee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Carly is "free man". Feminine of Charles. Also pet or short form of Carla, Caroline and Charlotte. A modern-day shorter version of the forms Carleen and Carlene, which were a product of the 1960s. Singer Carly Simon. Also form of Carol.




VARIANTS Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carline, Carlita, Carlye, Carlyne, Carlyta, Karlee, Karleigh, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karline, Karlita, Karly, Karlye, Karlyta

OTHER FORMS VIA CARLA, CARLEEN, CARLENE, CAROLINE, CHARLOTTE Caddy, Callie, Caralin, Caralyn, Caralyne, Caralynn, Cari, Carilyn, Carla, Carlah, Carlan, Carlana, Carle, Carleah, Carlein, Carlen, Carlena, Carleta, Carlia, Carlin, Carlina, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlla, Carllen, Carlota, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlynn, Carlynne, Carlyse, Caro, Carol, Carola, Carolan, Carole, Carolin, Caroll, Carollyn, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Char, Chara, Charill, Charla, Charle, Charlet, Charlie, Charlot, Charly, Charlyne, Charo, Charty, Charyl, Cherlyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karla, Karlen, Karlin, Karlla, Karlyn, Karlyne, Karlynn, Karolyn, Sharla

(female) Caly, ..

(male) Carby, ..

Carly Martha (C.M.), ..

How popular is Carly?

Carly is a very popular first name for women (#874 out of 4276, Top 20%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#95091 out of 150436, Top 63%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Carly was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #122 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #483. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carly name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Carly (#483 A YEAR AGO) are Callie (#190), Cari, Carla (#1022), Carlee (#1068), Carleen, Carleigh (#1386), Carlene, Carley (#1443), Carli (#1856), Carlie (#1230), Carline, Carlota, Carlyn, Caro, Carol (#1788), Carola, Carole, Carolin, Caroline (#55), Caroll, Carolyn (#860), Carolyne, Carolynn, Carri, Carrie (#1768), Carry, Cary, Charla, Charles, Charlie (#152), Charlotte (#6), Charly, Charlyne, Cherlyn, Karla (#626), Karlee (#929), Karleigh (#1275), Karlene, Karli (#1831), Karlie (#1054), Karly (#1728), Karolyn and Sharla. These forms of Carly reached the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 (ADOPTION OF 4.3%) and have become much less popular since (ADOPTION 1.4%, DOWN 66.8%). Caroline is a perennial favorite, though Charlotte has become popular as well over time, while versions like Carli are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carly, Callie, Cari, Carla, Carlee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlie, Carline, Carlota, Carlyn, Caro in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carola, Carole, Carolin, Caroline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caroll, Carolyn, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carri in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carrie, Carry, Cary, Charla, Charles in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlie, Charlotte, Charly, Charlyne, Cherlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karla, Karlee, Karleigh, Karlene, Karli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karlie, Karly, Karolyn, Sharla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carly, Callie, Carla, Caroline, Charlie, Charlotte outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carly is pronounced similarly to Carely, Corlee, Corley, Corlie, Corly, Karlah, Karley and Karrla. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Arly, Baily, Cacey, Cacy, Caela, Caelyn, Caila, Cailey, Cailyn, Caity, Cal, Cala, Caley, Calla, Calley, Cally, Cammy, Candy, Carah, Caree, Carel, Caren, Carey, Carie, Carin, Caris, Carmy, Carna, Caroly, Caron, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Caryn, Cascy, Casey, Cassy, Cathy, Catlyn, Caty, Cayla, Cayley, Caylyn, Cazzy, Charley, Charli, Charlyn, Cilly, Clarey, Clarry, Colly, Coraly, Corey, Corry, Cory, Daly, Hadly, Haely, Haily, Hally, Harly, Kaly, Lally, Pauly, Sally, Sarely and Sharly. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carly.

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