in the U.S.
since 1880


  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Manly
  • #126 All Time
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824k Carol

How popular is the name "Carl" in the U.S.?

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YearTotal Babies BornGirls BornBoys BornRanking
18803720372#42 boy name
18813590359#41 boy name
18824780478#35 boy name
18834800480#32 boy name
18845210521#36 boy name
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18865626556#32 boy name
18875957588#28 boy name
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189487110861#22 boy name
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189784012828#25 boy name
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18997817774#25 boy name
19001,026101,016#29 boy name
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19049607953#25 boy name
190597011959#26 boy name
19069576951#27 boy name
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19081,08391,074#29 boy name
19091,225101,215#25 boy name
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19111,587131,574#26 boy name
19123,243193,224#24 boy name
19133,960253,935#23 boy name
19144,841344,807#24 boy name
19156,643306,613#22 boy name
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19176,745466,699#24 boy name
19187,055517,004#25 boy name
19196,518456,473#29 boy name
19207,054457,009#27 boy name
19217,122427,080#30 boy name
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19236,920496,871#28 boy name
19247,135467,089#27 boy name
19257,107507,057#28 boy name
19266,989476,942#26 boy name
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19287,007616,946#28 boy name
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19307,013596,954#26 boy name
19316,633546,579#28 boy name
19326,754466,708#28 boy name
19336,226356,191#28 boy name
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19366,629416,588#27 boy name
19376,943366,907#28 boy name
19386,875326,843#29 boy name
19396,640456,595#30 boy name
19406,784316,753#32 boy name
19417,192317,161#28 boy name
19427,298327,266#36 boy name
19437,506407,466#33 boy name
19446,849306,819#36 boy name
19456,339266,313#39 boy name
19467,403257,378#39 boy name
19478,080328,048#40 boy name
19487,863347,829#42 boy name
19497,727357,692#43 boy name
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19517,674407,634#43 boy name
19527,839197,820#45 boy name
19537,840247,816#44 boy name
19548,163298,134#47 boy name
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19568,338338,305#48 boy name
19578,219308,189#49 boy name
19587,761437,718#51 boy name
19597,544377,507#54 boy name
19607,861547,807#53 boy name
19617,287377,250#56 boy name
19626,889346,855#58 boy name
19637,171387,133#54 boy name
19646,702386,664#55 boy name
19655,834325,802#54 boy name
19665,269445,225#56 boy name
19674,935404,895#57 boy name
19684,687384,649#59 boy name
19694,569434,526#62 boy name
19704,450514,399#67 boy name
19714,099374,062#72 boy name
19723,446363,410#85 boy name
19733,062453,017#90 boy name
19742,930352,895#89 boy name
19752,861482,813#91 boy name
19762,704322,672#95 boy name
19772,658392,619#99 boy name
19782,649412,608#100 boy name
19792,923232,900#100 boy name

Want to know about the populiarty of Carl? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 504,555 babies born with the name Carl in the United States. That's more than enough Carls to occupy the country of Cape Verde with an estimated population of 491,875 (as of June 16, 2010). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 372 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Carl" was in 1956 with a total of 8,305 babies. (That's a lot of baby Carls)

According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Carl" ranks #48 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 51 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1943. Across the entire United States a total of 7,506 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

What does the name "Carl" mean?

Carl (German): Manly

The name "Carl" is of German origin and it means "Manly". It's a name commonly given to boys. There are 29 other names that are similar to this one.

C is for charm, the undeniable you.

A is for advantage, for you are blessed with many.

R is for refreshing, the sparkling you.

L is for loyalty, that you show.

Your name in reverse order is "Lrac". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Rcal". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Where is the name Carl popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Carl in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the midwest? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Carl

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan is a scientist. Carl was born in 1934 as Carl Edward Sagan in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.


Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers is an actor and professional football player with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1970 to present. Carl was born in 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.


Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1949 to present. Max was born in 1929 as Carl Adolf von Sydow in Lund, Skane, Sweden.


Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis is an athlete. Carl was born in 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.


Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1948 to present. Carl was born in 1922 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.



Twista is a rapper and record producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1991 to present. Twista was born in 1973 as Carl Terrell Mitchell in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.


Past life for Carl born Dec 6, 1986

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern China approximately on 875. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

Name poster for Carl

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