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What does Carol mean?

Carol Pronunciation of Carol as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-ul. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carol is "free man". Originally a male name, an anglicized form of Carolus (see Charles). Probably originated as a short form of Caroline, but sometimes given in reference to the English word "song" and associated with Christmas. First used toward the end of the 19th century. The French form Carole was made famous in the mid-20th century by actress Carole Lombard. It is sometimes paired with a monosyllabic second name, as in Carol-Ann. Actresses Carol Burnett, Carol Channing; skater Carol Heiss; playwright Caryl Churchhill.


ASSOCIATED WITH 19th century, 20th century (modern)


VARIANTS Carel, Carely, Carey, Cari, Cariel, Carilis, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carlita, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly, Carlyn, Carlynn, Carlynne, Caro, Carola, Carolann, Carole, Carolee, Carolena, Carolin, Carolina, Carolinda, Caroline, Caroll, Caroly, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carrola, Carroll, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charleen, Charlena, Charlene, Charlotta, Charlotte, Charmain, Charmaine, Charmian, Charmion, Charyl, Cheryl, Cherlyn, Ina, Karel, Kari, Karla, Karleen, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karlinka, Karlote, Karlotta, Karol, Karole, Karolina, Karyl, Karyll, Karryl, Karryll, Kerril, Kerryl, Keryl, Lola, Loleta, Lolita, Lotta, Lotte, Lotti, Lottie, Sharleen, Sharlene, Sharline, Sharmain, Sharmain

SEE ALSO Callie, Kallie

RELATED FORMS VIA CAROLINE Caddy, Caralin, Caralyn, Carilyn, Carlan, Carlen, Carllen, Carolan, Carolein, Carollyn, Carolyne, Karolin, Karolyn

(female) Caroli, ..

(male) Carby, ..

Carol Milani (C.M.), ..

How popular is Carol?

Carol is a very popular first name for women (#18 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#16745 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Carol reached its highest position of #5 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #1788 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Carol (#1788 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are Charlotte (#6), Caroline (#55), Callie (#190), Lola (#239), Carolina (#425), Carly (#483), Karla (#626), Carolyn (#860), Kallie (#920), Carla (#1022), Karlie (#1054), Carley (#1443), Kari (#1569), Carrie (#1768), Charlene (#1813), Karli (#1831), Lottie (#1850), Karolina (#1910), Karyl, Charlotta, Sharleen, Charmaine, Cherlyn, Cheryl, Ina, Lotta, Karel, Karolyn, Karleen, Lolita, Loleta, Karol, Karole, Charles, Cary, Charleen, Carole, Cari, Carleen, Carlene, Carline, Carlota, Carlotta, Carlyn, Caro, Carola, Carolann, Carolee, Charla, Carolin, Caroll, Carolyne, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri, Carrol, Carroll, Carry, Carey, Caryl and Sharlene. Other forms, like Caddy, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Carol reached its highest 78 years ago (ADOPTION OF 5.21%) and has become significantly lower since (ADOPTION 1.42%, 73%), with forms like Lotta becoming somewhat outmoded. Caroline has been the recurring favorite, though Charlotte is currently more frequently used.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Callie, Carey, Cari, Carla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carline, Carlota in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlotta, Carly, Carlyn, Caro, Carola in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolann, Carole, Carolee, Carolin, Carolina in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolynne, Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carroll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carry, Cary, Caryl, Charla, Charleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlene, Charles, Charlotta, Charlotte, Charmaine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cherlyn, Cheryl, Ina, Kallie, Karel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kari, Karla, Karleen, Karli, Karlie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karol, Karole, Karolina, Karolyn, Karyl in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lola, Loleta, Lolita, Lotta, Lottie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sharleen, Sharlene in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charlotte, Lola, Lottie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carol is pronounced similarly to Coral and Koral. Other recommended sound-alike names are Cal, Camron, Cara, Carah, Cardon, Caree, Caren, Carie, Carin, Caris, Carle, Carli, Carlla, Carma, Carmel, Carmi, Carmon, Carmy, Carna, Caron, Caronn (see Karen), Caroyln, Carron, Carson, Caryn, Carys, Cason, Cato, Charil and Charo. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carol.

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