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Gender: Male Meaning of Carl: "free man" Origin of Carl: German variation of Charles Carl's Popularity in 2018: #700

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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Popularity

Rank in US: #700

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Carl's International Variations

Carlino, Carolo (Italian) Carolu, Carel (Dutch) Karel, Karol, Karlik (Czech) Karolek (Polish) Kalman (German) Carlos, Carlito, Carlo (Spanish) Karlin, Karlen (Russian) Cathal, Carlus (Irish)

Comments

Dietrich Says:

2018-12-02T04:29:02

GERMAN NAMES ARE NOT A VARIATION OF GERMAN NAMES IN OTHER LANGUAGES!!! THEY ARE THE ORIGINAL NAMES!!!

ilprologue Says:

2017-10-17T19:15:20

Such a harsh, unwelcoming name.

Starelli Says:

2017-04-30T13:08:53

I love this name, though I think of the ever popular phrase, "CAARRRLLL" from the Llamas With Hats sketch on YouTube.

Wolfgang Says:

2016-05-04T06:23:12

"Karl" is the original German. Charles and Carl are the variations. Karl die Grosse was the famous German king. One of the world's most famous kings.

Cupcakes030 Says:

2014-09-02T17:08:55

I found this name on 'baby names without nicknames' yet my friend Carl prefers to be called cr so that shouldn't be on the list because it has a nickname