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Gender: F Meaning of Carmen: "garden" Origin of Carmen: Spanish variation of Carmel Carmen's Popularity in 2016: #403

Carmen has long been associated with the sensuous, tragic heroine of Bizet's opera, based on a novel by Prosper Merimee; more recently it has called to mind two other bombshells: Carmen Miranda (born Maria) and Carmen Electra (born Tara), as well as the great jazz singer Carmen McRae.

She has plenty of childhood references as well: Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Echo Sky Brava Cortez is a character from the Spy Kids trilogy, Carmen Lowell appears in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Carmen de la Pica Morales was a character on The L Word, and Carmen Sandiego is the clever anti-hero in the Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? computer-game franchise—she was named for Carmen Miranda and the city of San Diego.

In the Latin community, Carmen is also used as a boys’ name.

Famous People Named Carmen

Carmen Miranda (born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha), Portuguese actress and singer
Carmen Electra (born Tara Leigh Patrick), American actress and model
Carmen Mercedes McRae, American jazz singer
Carmen Monarcha, Brazilian singer
Carmen Kass, Estonian model
Yvette Carmen Mimieux, French-Mexican actress
Carmen Isabella "Mandy" Millier, English actress
Carmen García Maura, Spanish actress
Carmen Mary Lawrence, 25th Premier of Western Australia
Carmen Carrera (born Christopher Roman), American transgender reality television personality, model and burlesque performer
Carmen Sylva, pen name of Queen Elisabeth of Romania (1843-1916)
Carmen Jane Plant (b. 1968), daughter of singer Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin
Carmen Noel Canales (b. 2007), daughter of gymnast Dominique Moceanu and Michael Canales
Carmen Gabriela Baldwin (b. 2013), daughter of actor Alec Baldwin

Pop Culture References for the name Carmen

"Carmen," opera by Georges Bizet and its main character
"Carmen Sandiego," video game, TV series and its main character
Carmen Consuela Lopez, character on "The George Lopez Show"
Carmen Lowell, character in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series
Carmen, character in 1986 movie "The Color of Money"
Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Echo Sky Brava Cortez, character in the Spy Kids movies
Carmen Tibideux, character on TV's "Glee"
Carmen Jones, musical, movie and its main character
Carmen Marquez de Castillo, minor character in telenovela "Destinos"
Carmen Villalta, character in the 2012 silent film "Blancanieves"
Carmen, character in "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett
'Carmen', song by Lana Del Rey