German variation of Charles
"free man"

Carl Origin and Meaning

The name Carl is a boy's name of German origin meaning "free man".

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

  • Frederick Carlton "Carl" LewisAmerican track and field athlete
  • Carl XVI Gustaf (Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus)King of Sweden
  • Carl LinnaeusSwedish biologist and father of taxonomy
  • Carl Linnaeus the YoungerSwedish biologist
  • Carl Edward SaganAmerican astronomer
  • Carl Friedrich GaussGerman mathematician and physicist
  • Carl David Tolm RungeGerman mathematician and physicist
  • Carl Gustav JungSwiss psychiatrist and associate of Sigmund Freud
  • Carl Dean Wilsonmusician of American band The Beach Boys, brother of Brian Wilson
  • Carl Philipp Gottfried "Gottlieb" von ClausewitGerman general and military theorist
  • Carl Christian Maria Anna Rudolph Anton Marcus d'AvianoArchduke of Austria
  • Carl Ferdinand CoriCzech biochemist and Nobel Prize winner
  • CarlPrince of Denmark and Iceland (born Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel), aka Haakon VII, King of Norway
  • (Oscar) Carl WilhelmPrince of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Vastergotland
  • Carl SoderbergSwedish NHL Hockey player
  • Carl Anthony WilliamsAustralian gang lord
  • Carl MillesSwedish sculptor
  • Carl Harvey "C.H." GreenblattAmerican animator
  • Oscar Carl OlofPrince of Sweden

Carl in Pop Culture

  • Carl Grimescharacter on TV's "The Walking Dead"
  • Carl Denhamcharacter in "King Kong" series
  • Carl Francis Gallaghercharacter on TV's "Shameless"
  • Carl Fredricksencharacter in Pixar's "Up"
  • Carl Foutleycharacter on animated series "As Told By Ginger"
  • Carlton "Carl" Carlsoncharacter on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • Carl Brutananadilewskicharacter on animated series "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
  • Carl Crashmanmain character on Canadian animated series "Carl²"
  • Carl Howellcharacter on TV's "Glee"
  • Carl Thomas Kingcharacter on British soap "Emmerdale"
  • Carl Whitecharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Carl Abbotcharacter in "Sims" series
  • Carl WheezerJimmy's best friend on animated series "Jimmy Neutron"
  • Carl Hausercharacter in the film "Total Recall"
  • Carl Sweetchuckcharacter in the "Police Academy" Film series
  • Carl Proctorcharacter in the "Police Academy" Film series
  • Carl Otis Winslowcharacter in the ABC TGIF sitcom "Family Matters"

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