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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".

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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)