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Gender: F Meaning of Carol: "free man" Origin of Carol: English, feminine variation of Charles

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A Caroline abbreviation that was wildly popular with Mom's generation...or Grandma's. At one time it was given to girls born around the holidays because of its association with Christmas carols.

Carol began to get popular at the end of the nineteenth century, but its high point was the late 1930s and 1940s, when it was a Top 10 name, reaching as high as Number 4 in 1941.

Famous People Named Carol

Carol Burnett (1933- ), American comedian, actress, singer
Carol Ryrie Brink (1895-1981), American author
Carol Lynley (1942- ), American actress
Carol McGiffin, English broadcaster of radio and television
Carol Vorderman, British media personality
Carol Shields, writer

Pop Culture References for the Name Carol

Carol Brady of "The Brady Bunch," one of America's favorite TV moms
Carol Ferris, character from "The Green Lantern"and love intrest to Hal Jordan
Carol Peletier, character from AMC's "The Walking Dead" played by Melissa McBride.
Carol Danvers a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, Marvel Comics character
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, book, movie and play
A Christmas carol is a Christmas song
Carol Anne Seaver, character from Growing Pains
Carol Anne Freeling, character from "Poltergeist" film series
Carol Marcus, character from Star Trek
Carol Russell, character from TV series "American Gothic"

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