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

The name Carol is a girl's name of English origin meaning "free man". Carol and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least fav name GIRLS".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Carol

Carol Elaine Channing, American actress and singer
Carol Creighton Burnett, American actress/comedienne
Carol Ryrie Brink, American novelist
Carol Lynley, American actress
Carol McGiffin, English broadcaster of radio and television
Carol Vorderman, British media personality
Carol Ann Shields, American-Canadian novelist
Carolyn Widney "Carol" Greider, American biologist, winner of the Nobel Prize
Carol Jane Thatcher, English journalist, daughter of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Carol Wayne, American actress
Carol LeGrant Lewis, American Olympic long jumper
Carol Harrison, English actress
Carol Higgins Clark, American mystery novelist, daughter of novelist Mary Higgins Clark
Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet, First woman poet laureate in the UK
Carol Shepp McCain, American model and White House event planner
Carol Gracias, Indian model

Pop Culture References for the name Carol

Carol Brady, mom on TV's "The Brady Bunch"
Carol Ferris, character in The Green Lantern comics
Carol Peletier, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Carol Lockwood, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Carol Danvers a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, Marvel Comics character
Carol Anne Seaver, character on TV's "Growing Pains"
Carol Anne Freeling, character in the "Poltergeist" film series
Carol Marcus, character on TV's "Star Trek"
Carol Russell, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Carol Ann Jackson, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Carol Willick, character on TV's "Friends"
Carol Hathaway Ross, character on TV's "ER"
Carol Pewterschmidt West, character on TV's "Family Guy"
Carol Aird, main character in the novel "A Price of Salt"/"Carol", by Patricia Highsmith, and it's 2015 film adaptation, "Carol", played by Cate Blanchett
Carol McCardy, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Carol Stills, character on TV's "The Office"
Carol Baldwin, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Carol, character on TV's "The Tomorrow People"
"Carol," song by Chuck Berry
"Oh! Carol," song by Neil Sedaka
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Carol's Daughter, company for natural haircare and beauty products


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.