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Karl

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

The name Karl is a boy's name of German origin. Karl and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Freedom and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Manly almost to the point of macho.

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Famous People Named Karl

Karl Marx, philosopher and co-founder of Marxism
Karl Malone, former NBA player
Karl Lagerfeld, current fashion designer of Chanel
Karl Pilkington, English TV personality, author, comedian, actor, and radio producer
Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician
Karl John Geary, Irish/American actor
Karl Ferdinand Braun, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Karl Adolph Gjellerup, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Karl Landsteiner, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Karl Ziegler, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Karl von Frisch, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Karl Barry Sharpless, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Pop Culture References for the name Karl

Karl Mayer, Susan's ex-husband on "Desperate Housewives"
Karl, from movie "The Sitter"
Theodore Karl "Theo" Raeken, character in MTV show "Teen Wolf," portrayed by Cody Christian
Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo, character in Marvel Universe

Karrel, Karlan, Karli, Carl, Karlens, Kale

Karl's International Variations

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

Comments

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.