Gender: Female Meaning of Carol: "free man" Origin of Carol: English, feminine variation of Charles

Carol Origin and Meaning

The name Carol is a girl's name of English origin meaning "free man".

A Caroline abbreviation that was wildly popular with Mom's generation...or Grandma's. At one time it was a name for baby girls born at Christmas. because of its association with Christmas carols.

Carol began to get popular at the end of the nineteenth century, but its high point was the late 1930s and 1940s, when it was a Top 10 name, reaching as high as Number 4 in 1941.

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NimbleNymph Says:


When I was little, I thought Carol was the most beautiful name in the entire world. I was convinced that if I ever had a daughter, her name would be Carol. I still think it's pretty, but it feels too dated to me.

scblovesnames Says:


I don't get the hate on this name. I love Christmas and Christmas carols and I love this as a nickname for Caroline. Carol is the most direct contraction of the name Caroline. Why make it harder then it has to be for nicknames? This is my Grandmother's friend. Not sure she really talks to her as much as she used to, but I'm assuming they keep in touch. I really like her, and don't mind using the name at all, and I'm sure my Grandmother will love the name. Also my name style is Classic/Vintage names. My boy are Eli and Calvin, so this name works well with both of these names.

EvaThyssen Says:


I love vintage names. Carol is no exception.

Eliane Says:


I love the movie Carol so I think Carol is a lovely name!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Carrie could be a nickname. It's always interesting to see the perspective of someone actually called the name, though. My name is Paula and I don't like it at all. The only possible nicknames are Paul, which causes confusion with the boys' name, and Paulie, which increases the odds of being mistaken for a Pauline. I think I tend to like names with multiple potential nicknames, especially for girls, as it gives more options. I do like the name Carol though, and Caroline and Carolyn were overused in my generation, so it makes me feel somewhat drawn to Carol.

Carol Says:


As a Carol i'd like to be on the record saying i have always disliked my name. I have always found it awkward and wished i could have a nickname (this one is thoroughly "nick-name proof"). I'm in my 30s, have never met someone of my generation who had Carol as their full name (though plenty of Caroline/Carolyns) but growing up i think half of the staff/teachers in my school were named Carol. It feels so "un-me" that i wish my parents had named me after my grandmothers, which was their other choice, then I would have been Mary Florence, I still prefer that to Carol! Oddly I find Carol kinda cool boys name. If you like Carol but aren't sure, I think Carola is a nice unique varient, or use Caroline/Carolyn/Carolina/etc with Carol as a nickname so at least the kid gets a choice.

PineWarrior Says:


This is my grandmother's name-she's basically my best friend and constant source of motivation. If I ever have a daughter, I'd probably give this as a first or middle name. . . at least, if my four older cousins don't take it first!

raevynstar Says:


I don't care how dated it is, I still like it.