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Gender: M Meaning of Carl: "free man" Origin of Carl: German variation of Charles Carl's Popularity in 2013: #580

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This no-nonsense German variation of Charles is strong and still well used, but lacks much sensitivity or subtlety; the Latin forms have far more energy.

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Famous People Named Carl

Carl Linnaeus, Swedish biologist and father of taxonomy
Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Swedish biologist
Carl Edward Sagan, American astronomer
Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician and physicist
Carl David Tolm Runge, German mathematician and physicist
Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis, American track and field athlete
Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and associate of Sigmund Freud
Carl Dean Wilson, musician of American band The Beach Boys, brother of Brian Wilson
Carl Philipp Gottfried "Gottlieb" von Clausewit, German general and military theorist
Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech biochemist and Nobel Prize winner
Carl of Denmark and Iceland (born Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel), aka Haakon VII, King of Norway
Carl Ludvig Eugen (Charles XV & IV), King of Sweden
Carl of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Vastergotland
Carl Soderberg, Swedish NHL Hockey player
Carl Anthony Williams, Australian gang lord
Carl Milles, Swedish sculptor

Pop Culture References for the Name Carl

Carl Grimes, character from AMC's "The Walking Dead" played by Chandler Riggs.
Carl Gallagher, character from "Shameless U.K./U.S."
Carl Fredricksen, character from the Disney/Pixar film Up
Carlton "Carl" Carlson, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Carl Brutananadilewski, character on animated series "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
Carl Crashman, main character on Canadian animated series "Carl²"
Carl Howell, character on TV's "Glee"
Carl Thomas King, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Carl White, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Carl Wheezer, Jimmy Neutron's nerdy best friend

Carl's International Variations

Karel, Karol, Karlik (Czech) Carolu, Carel (Dutch) Kalle (Finnish) Kalman (German) Carolos (Greek) Kale (Hawaiian) Kari, Károly, Karcsi (Hungarian) Cathal, Carlus (Irish) Carlino, Carolo (Italian) Karolek (Polish) Karlin, Karlen (Russian) Karl (Scandinavian) Carlos, Carlito, Carlo (Spanish)