Gender: Female Meaning of Carly: "free man" Origin of Carly: Feminine diminutive of Carl Carly's Popularity in 2019: #567

Carly Origin and Meaning

The name Carly is a girl's name meaning "free man".

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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Rank in US: #567

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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Carly might be a *bit* outdated, but I think that it can easily come back into style.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It does feel outdated and overused to me.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Carly is not unfashionable nor outdated anymore then any other name just like others have said.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.