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since 1880

Karl

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 21 0 21
1881 29 0 29
1882 40 0 40
1883 33 0 33
1884 34 0 34
1885 44 0 44
1886 48 0 48
1887 49 0 49
1888 71 0 71
1889 50 0 50
1890 47 0 47
1891 61 0 61
1892 59 0 59
1893 63 0 63
1894 73 0 73
1895 67 0 67
1896 60 0 60
1897 57 0 57
1898 53 0 53
1899 49 0 49
1900 75 0 75
1901 54 0 54
1902 65 0 65
1903 70 0 70
1904 67 0 67
1905 65 0 65
1906 108 0 108
1907 89 0 89
1908 97 0 97
1909 102 0 102
1910 92 0 92
1911 156 0 156
1912 323 0 323
1913 387 0 387
1914 548 0 548
1915 721 6 715
1916 693 8 685
1917 673 0 673
1918 601 0 601
1919 522 7 515
1920 502 0 502
1921 573 0 573
1922 527 0 527
1923 565 0 565
1924 589 5 584
1925 595 7 588
1926 596 0 596
1927 637 8 629
1928 606 8 598
1929 643 7 636
1930 655 7 648
1931 642 7 635
1932 670 0 670
1933 687 5 682
1934 695 6 689
1935 809 0 809
1936 836 5 831
1937 907 0 907
1938 985 0 985
1939 866 0 866
1940 856 0 856
1941 865 0 865
1942 883 5 878
1943 912 5 907
1944 837 0 837
1945 760 0 760
1946 1,000 0 1,000
1947 1,126 6 1,120
1948 1,184 0 1,184
1949 1,322 0 1,322
1950 1,305 0 1,305
1951 1,448 7 1,441
1952 1,560 0 1,560
1953 1,652 0 1,652
1954 1,743 0 1,743
1955 1,936 7 1,929
1956 2,072 14 2,058
1957 2,344 6 2,338
1958 2,360 14 2,346
1959 2,372 19 2,353
1960 2,615 20 2,595
1961 2,562 17 2,545
1962 2,479 21 2,458
1963 2,536 23 2,513
1964 2,419 18 2,401
1965 2,044 19 2,025
1966 1,810 19 1,791
1967 1,725 29 1,696
1968 1,626 22 1,604
1969 1,605 37 1,568
1970 1,599 23 1,576
1971 1,344 23 1,321
1972 1,195 26 1,169
1973 1,020 32 988
1974 1,031 26 1,005
1975 929 25 904
1976 894 26 868
1977 965 25 940
1978 922 22 900
1979 980 21 959
1980 1,082 24 1,058
1981 1,089 26 1,063
1982 1,000 27 973
1983 942 29 913
1984 918 24 894
1985 991 31 960
1986 932 29 903
1987 875 23 852
1988 866 23 843
1989 923 13 910
1990 862 6 856
1991 816 6 810
1992 738 0 738
1993 671 9 662
1994 612 0 612
1995 598 0 598
1996 503 0 503
1997 482 0 482
1998 455 0 455
1999 389 0 389
2000 366 0 366
2001 350 0 350
2002 330 0 330
2003 299 0 299
2004 281 0 281
2005 264 0 264
2006 270 0 270
2007 241 0 241
2008 188 0 188
2009 207 0 207
2010 177 0 177
2011 170 0 170
2012 161 0 161
2013 167 0 167
2014 160 0 160
2015 180 0 180

Want to know about the popularity of the Karl baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100,493 babies born with the name Karl in the United States. That's more than enough Karls to occupy the territory of Jersey (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 97,857 (as of March 27, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 21 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Karl" was in 1960 with a total of 2,595 babies. (That's a lot of baby Karls)

According to the 1938 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Karl" ranks #92 in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 37 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1938. Across the entire United States a total of 985 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Karl" mean? The list below shows the origins of Karl as well as things modernly associated with the name Karl such as celebrities named Karl.

Origin and Meaning of Karl

The name "Karl" is of German origin, and it means "Man". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Karl Marx

Karl Marx is a philosopher. Karl was born in 1818 in Trier, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation.

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Karl Urban

Karl Urban is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1990 to present. Karl was born in 1972 as Karl-Heinz Urban in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Karl Malone

Karl Malone is a basketball biography. Karl was born in 1963 in Summerfield, Louisiana.

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Karl Rove

Karl Rove is a political consultant. Karl was born in 1950 as Karl Christian Rove in Denver, Colorado, U.S.

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Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader is an actor and voice actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1989 to present. Diedrich was born in 1966 as Karl Diedrich Bader in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Gert Fröbe

Gert Fröbe is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1948 to 1988. Gert was born in 1913 as Karl Gerhart Frobe in Oberplanitz (now Zwickau), Saxony, German Empire.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Karl

Karl Pilkington
Karl Anthony Towns
Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Malden
Karl Ove Knausgaard
Karl Racine

Alternative Meanings

K is for kindle, the warmth in others.

A is for amenable, for your easy going nature.

R is for romp, you know how to have fun!

L is for little, the little things you do.

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

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Past life for Karl born Mar 13, 1945

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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 Burma approximately on 1825. Your profession was artist, magician, and fortune teller.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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