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Gender: Male Origin of Karl: German and Scandinavian variation of Charles Meaning of Charles: French from German, "free man"

Karl Origin and Meaning

The name Karl is a boy's name of German origin.

Manly almost to the point of macho.

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Famous People Named Karl

Pop Culture References for the name Karl

Carl, Karrel, Karli, Karlan, Karlens, Kale

Karl's International Variations

Karel (Dutch) Karol (Polish) Carlos (Spanish) Kaarle, Kaarlo (Finnish) Károly, Karcsi (Hungarian) Kalle (Swedish) Carlo (Italian)

Comments

MikeBGood Says:

2019-07-10T10:31:19

And it says that Charles is french from german and I assume that by that they mean its the french version of karl

Dietrich Says:

2018-12-02T04:29:00

GERMAN NAMES ARE NOT A VARIATION OF GERMAN NAMES IN OTHER LANGUAGES!!! THEY ARE THE ORIGINAL NAMES!!!!

Eliane Says:

2018-01-14T20:36:04

Funny how I see Karl as the ultimate nerd name as I grew up reading a German children's series in which Karl is a super smart guy but that only made me love the name more!

Wolfgang Says:

2016-05-04T06:33:00

Karl is the original name. It is not a "variant of Charles".

It means "man". So it IS manly. It is like "bro" or "dude".

It is one of the most prolific names in the world due to being the name of one of the most famous kings, Karl der Grosse....

amberdaydream Says:

2016-02-18T13:36:46

Karl doesn't seem that manly to me, more just a slightly neglected European classic. I like it.

ThistleThorn Says:

2015-04-19T20:12:09

Carl is a nerd, but Karl is a German male model.

l_cotton Says:

2015-03-14T23:00:11

Karl is actually a social class belonging to the vikings denoting a free man, a peasant who wasn't a slave of a Jarl, aristocrat.