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Gender: Female Meaning of Carly: "free man" Origin of Carly: Feminine diminutive of Carl Carly's Popularity in 2017: #455

The name Carly is a girl's name meaning "free man". Carly is ranked #455 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Baby Girl Names Ending in Y and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Though a couple of its more "creative" spellings—Carli and Karlee, for example—are still on the rise, this feminine form of Carl, popularized by singer Carly Simon in the 1970s, could by no stretch be considered fashionable. Despite its decline, the name has still seen some use in the entertainment industry, from Nickelodeon's iCarly to Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Famous People Named Carly

Carly Elisabeth Simon, American singer-songwriter
Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer
Carly Rose Sonenclar, American singer
Carly Fiorina (born Cara Carleton Sneed), American politician and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Carly Pope, Canadian actress
Carly Binding, New Zealand singer of group TrueBliss
Carly Booth, Scottish golfer
Carly Hannah Chaikin, American actress
Carly Craig, American actress
Carly Foulkes, Canadian model and actress
Carly Gullickson, American tennis player
Carly Hillman, English actress
Carly Rae Patterson, American Olympic gymnast and singer
Carly Piper, American Olympic swimmer
Carly Hunt, English footballer
Carly McKillip, Canadian actress and musician
Carly Brook Schroeder, American actress
Carly Sarah Smithson, Irish singer-songwriter of band We Are the Fallen
Carly Milne, Canadian journalist and author
Carly Paradis, Canadian composer
Carly Flynn, New Zealand TV journalist
Carly Calder Cole, English reality TV personality and fitness trainer
Carly Mitchell Telford, English footballer
Carly Paige, American child actress & model
Carly Armstrong-Lawson (b. 1979), daughter of model Twiggy and actor Michael Witney; adopted daughter of actor Leigh Lawson
Carly Ritter (b. 1982), daughter of actor John Ritter
Carly Anne Melb Kenneally (b. 1989), daughter of TV personality Shaynna Blaze
Carolynn Elizabeth "Carly" Davis (b. 2009, placed for adoption), biological daughter of reality TV personality Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra

Pop Culture References for the name Carly

Carlotta "Carly" Shay, main character on TV's "iCarly"
Carly, main character in film "StreetDance 3D"
Carly Witwicky, character in the Transformers series
Carly Wicks, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Caroline Leigh "Carly" Corinthos, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Carly Manning, character on American soap "Days of our Lives"
Carly Morris, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Carly Snyder, character on American soap "As the World Turns"
Carly Catto, character on Disney's Backstage
Carly Morgan, character on TV's "Mako Mermaids"


fromtheocean12 Says:


Carly might be a *bit* outdated, but I think that it can easily come back into style. It's a very sweet name and I can see it on pretty much all ages. If people still name their daughters Susan and Dorothy today, why not Carly?

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Caroline is even preferable to Carly.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Carly sounds like a nickname to a more full, appropriate, mature sounding name such as Caroline. I do not like Carly as a standalone. The fiancee' likes it but I like Caroline and we simply call her Carly.

josephinedagnall Says:


Personally, I much prefer Carla.

Ellaspivey Says:


So did I

river Says:


Im River Carley. The names old German. They migrated to Ireland and later Canada during the famine, tend to be nomads. The blood lines o so we eat lean meat. Compound name from car short for cart and ley based on buying of horses and armor back in the day and the rocky lands they lived in at the time. Not feminine form of anything. Carls Carla and Charlies a girls name and if it had a female form it be Charlet

Carolinekalmes Says:


It does feel outdated and overused to me. I grew up surrounded by so many forms of Carly / kaylee / Kylie

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I don't know anybody named Carly. I think it can work for a little girl. It's a common enough name that it isn't too popular. I defiantly have been considering this name.

scblovesnames Says:


Carly is not unfashionable nor outdated anymore then any other name just like others have said. In fact Carly is the variation of Carla I actually like.

Dspisces1407 Says:


I really like this name actually. It's cute but it still grows with you.

Patrica Says:


I have met a Carly but not a Carla I think it's very fashionable. Plus My Sister is named Carly and shes very nice.

Patrica Says:


I met a

Alicia1 Says:


I really love this name, I thinks it's perfectly fashionable!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I agree. I think Carly is actually pretty fashionable. I don't remember having met any Carlys, though. I did meet a Carla, though

CocoWhite Says:


Contrary to what Nameberry says, I honestly don't think Carly sounds "unfashionable" or "outdated" at all. I happen to think it's actually quite cute, and I've met several Carly's throughout my life who could tell you the same.