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 Girls' Names That End in Y and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
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.