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What does Karla mean?

Karla Pronunciation of Karla as a girls' name is pronounced KAR-lah. It is of Greek and Old German origin, and the meaning of Karla is "free man". Variant of Carla; feminine form of Karl. Literary: in John Le Carré's novel, George Smiley's Russian nemesis used the code name Karla. Also form of Carol. Also form of Caroline. Also form of Charlotte. Also form of Karolina.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, russian


VARIANTS Karlah, Karlee, Karleigh, Karlesha, Karley, Karli, Karlie, Karlla, Karly, Karrla

SEE ALSO Karleen

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA CARLA Carlah, Carlana, Carle, Carleah, Carlee, Carlena, Carleta, Carley, Carli, Carlia, Carlie, Carlin, Carlina, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlita, Carlla, Carly, Carlyn, Karlita

(female) Karda, ..

(male) Karke, ..

Karla Shyla (K.S.), ..

How popular is Karla?

Karla is a very popular first name for females (#370 out of 4276, Top 9%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#117538 out of 150436, Top 78%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Karla entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its peak position of #175 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is presently at #626. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Carla (#1022 LAST YEAR), Carlee (#1068), Carley (#1443), Carli (#1856), Carlie (#1230), Carly (#483), Carlyn, Carol (#1788), Caroline (#55), Charlotte (#6), Karlee (#929), Karleen, Karleigh (#1275), Karley (#1637), Karli (#1831), Karlie (#1054), Karly (#1728) and Karolina (#1910) are the prominent varying forms of Karla (#626) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Karla was at its most widespread 8 decades ago (AVERAGE #1437) and is somewhat lower today (#1260, DOWN 52%), with forms such as Karly becoming less stylish. Caroline is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Charlotte is currently the preferred form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karla, Carla, Carlee, Carley, Carli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlie, Carly, Carlyn, Carol, Caroline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlotte, Karlee, Karleen, Karleigh, Karley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karli, Karlie, Karly, Karolina in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Karla is alike in pronunciation to Carely, Carlye, Corly and Karlye. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Baila, Cayla, Dalla, Darla, Dayla, Earla, Gaila, Gayla, Jayla, Kaala, Kacia, Kadia, Kaela, Kahla, Kaija, Kaila, Kala, Kalah, Kalea, Kalila, Kalla, Kalli, Kaly, Kamila, Kara, Karas, Karee, Karel, Kari, Karie, Karlena, Karlyn, Karlyta, Karma, Karna, Karol, Karole, Karon, Karra, Karrah, Karry, Kary, Karyl, Karyll, Karysa, Katha, Katia, Katla, Katria, Kaya, Kayla, Kaylea, Kaylla, Kazia, Keila, Kiara, Kira, Kiria, Kirra, Klara, Kora, Kyla, Kyrha, Marla, Mirla, Orrla (see Orla), Pavla, Rayla, Sharla, Tayla and Valla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Karla.

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