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Gender: F Meaning of Carmen: "garden" Origin of Carmen: Spanish variation of Carmel Carmen's Popularity in 2013: #358

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Carmen has long been associated with the sensuous, tragic heroine of Bizet's opera, based on a novel by Prosper Merimee, and then by two other bombshells: Carmen Miranda (born Maria) and Carmen Electra (born Tara),as well as the great jazz singer Carmen McRae.

She has plenty of childhood references as well: Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Echo Sky Brava Cortez is a character from the Spy Kids trilogy, Carmen Lowell appears in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Carmen de la Pica Morales was a character on The L Word, and Carmen Sandiego is the clever anti-hero in the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? computer-game franchise-- she was named for Carmen Miranda and the city of San Diego.

In the Latin community, Carmen is also used as a male name.

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Famous People Named Carmen

Carmen Kass, Estonian model
Carmen Miranda, Portuguese actress and singer
Carmen Electra, American actress and singer
Carmen Monarcha, Brazilian singer
Yvette Carmen Mimieux, French/Mexican actress
Carmen Isabella "Mandy" Millier, English actress
Carmen Carrera (born Christopher Roman), American transgender reality television personality, model and burlesque performer

Pop Culture References for the Name Carmen

'Carmen', a song by singer Lana Del Rey
Carmen Consuela Lopez, from "The George Lopez Show"
Carmen Lowell, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" character
Carmen, from the 1986 film "The Color of Money"
Carmen, female lead in the "Spy Kids" movies, played by Alexa Vega
Carmen Tibideux, Whoopi Goldberg's character on "Glee"
Carmen Sylva, pen name of Queen Elisabeth of Romania (1843-1916)
Carmen Jones, musical & movie, latter played by Dorothy Dandridge
Carmen Marquez de Castillo, minor character in telenovela "Destinos"

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