Carl

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Carl mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Carl

"Carl" is a name of German origin, and it means "Manly". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Carl
Senses
  1. A rude, rustic man; a churl."The miller was a stout carl." [Chaucer.]
  2. Large stalks of hemp which bear the seed; -- called also carl hemp.
  3. pl.A kind of food. See citation, below."Caring or carl are gray steeped in water and fried the next day in butter or fat. They are eaten on the second Sunday before Easter, formerly called Carl Sunday." [Robinson's Whitby Glossary (1875).]

Etymology: Icel, karl a male, a man; akin to AS. ceorl, OHG. charal, G. kerl fellow. See Churl

Wiktionary

From German and other north European Carl and Karl, cognate with English Charles.

  1. A male given name.

Shortening.

  1. (informal) A student at Carleton College, Minnesota.

    Carl was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Carl

    Carl Sagan was a scientist in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and astrobiology. Carl was given the name Carl Edward Sagan on November 9th, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He passed away on December 20th, 1996.

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    Carl Jung was a scientist in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, and analytical psychology. Carl was given the name Carl Gustav Jung on July 26th, 1875 in Kesswil. He left this life on June 6th, 1961.

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    Max von Sydow is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1949 to present. Max was given the name Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10th, 1929 in Lund.

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    Carl Linnaeus was a scientist in the fields of botany, biology, and zoology. Carl was born on May 23rd, 1707 in Råshult, Stenbrohult parish , Sweden. He breathed his last breath on January 10th, 1778.

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    Carl Icahn is a founder, majority shareholder of icahn enterprises, chairman of federal-mogul, icahn enterprises, federal-mogul, majority shareholder oficahn enterprises, and chairman offederal-mogul. Carl was given the name Carl Celian Icahn on February 16th, 1936 in Far Rockaway, Queens.

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    Carl Weathers is an actor and professional football player. He was most prominent from 1973 to 1973. Carl was born on January 14th, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Carl

    His career lasted from 1814 to 1856. Carl was born as the child of Emich Carl, 2nd Prince of Leiningen, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld on September 12th, 1804 in Amorbach. He breathed his last breath on November 13th, 1856.

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    Max Carl is a rock, roll, and pop music singer, musician, and singing. He plays Keyboard instrument, Guitar, Saxophone, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1968. Max was given the name Max Carl Gronenthal on January 29th, 1950 in Humphrey, Nebraska, United States. Max is also known as Max Carl.

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    Prince Carl was royalty. He holds the title Duke of Västergötland. Prince was born as the child of Oscar II of Sweden and Sophia of Nassau on February 27th, 1861 in Arvfurstens palats. He died on October 24th, 1951.

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    He holds the title Prince of Leiningen. Emich was born as the child of Carl Friedrich Wilhelm and 1st Prince of Leiningen on September 27th, 1763 in Bad Dürkheim. He passed away on July 4th, 1814.

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    Steve was born on December 20th, 1984 in Belle Plaine, Iowa.

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    His military service ended in 1838. Prince was born on April 29th, 1767 in Heidelberg. He breathed his last breath on December 12th, 1838.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 372 0 372 #42 boy name
    1881 359 0 359 #42 boy name
    1882 478 0 478 #34 boy name
    1883 480 0 480 #32 boy name
    1884 521 0 521 #36 boy name
    1885 499 5 494 #34 boy name
    1886 562 6 556 #32 boy name
    1887 595 7 588 #28 boy name
    1888 685 10 675 #30 boy name
    1889 710 6 704 #27 boy name
    1890 701 8 693 #27 boy name
    1891 685 10 675 #24 boy name
    1892 818 10 808 #25 boy name
    1893 793 7 786 #24 boy name
    1894 871 10 861 #22 boy name
    1895 865 14 851 #23 boy name
    1896 857 5 852 #25 boy name
    1897 840 12 828 #25 boy name
    1898 927 8 919 #24 boy name
    1899 781 7 774 #25 boy name
    1900 1,026 10 1,016 #29 boy name
    1901 826 9 817 #24 boy name
    1902 961 9 952 #24 boy name
    1903 916 6 910 #23 boy name
    1904 960 7 953 #25 boy name
    1905 970 11 959 #26 boy name
    1906 957 6 951 #27 boy name
    1907 1,027 9 1,018 #27 boy name
    1908 1,083 9 1,074 #29 boy name
    1909 1,225 10 1,215 #25 boy name
    1910 1,351 12 1,339 #26 boy name
    1911 1,587 13 1,574 #26 boy name
    1912 3,243 19 3,224 #24 boy name
    1913 3,960 25 3,935 #23 boy name
    1914 4,841 34 4,807 #24 boy name
    1915 6,643 30 6,613 #22 boy name
    1916 6,825 39 6,786 #23 boy name
    1917 6,745 46 6,699 #24 boy name
    1918 7,055 51 7,004 #25 boy name
    1919 6,519 45 6,474 #29 boy name
    1920 7,055 45 7,010 #27 boy name
    1921 7,119 42 7,077 #30 boy name
    1922 6,740 48 6,692 #30 boy name
    1923 6,919 49 6,870 #28 boy name
    1924 7,133 46 7,087 #27 boy name
    1925 7,108 50 7,058 #28 boy name
    1926 6,986 47 6,939 #26 boy name
    1927 7,338 57 7,281 #26 boy name
    1928 7,006 61 6,945 #28 boy name
    1929 6,942 50 6,892 #28 boy name
    1930 7,012 59 6,953 #26 boy name
    1931 6,634 54 6,580 #28 boy name
    1932 6,757 46 6,711 #28 boy name
    1933 6,226 35 6,191 #28 boy name
    1934 6,718 38 6,680 #28 boy name
    1935 6,719 26 6,693 #28 boy name
    1936 6,630 41 6,589 #27 boy name
    1937 6,944 36 6,908 #28 boy name
    1938 6,876 32 6,844 #29 boy name
    1939 6,639 45 6,594 #30 boy name
    1940 6,786 31 6,755 #32 boy name
    1941 7,191 31 7,160 #29 boy name
    1942 7,298 32 7,266 #36 boy name
    1943 7,506 40 7,466 #33 boy name
    1944 6,851 30 6,821 #36 boy name
    1945 6,339 26 6,313 #39 boy name
    1946 7,405 25 7,380 #39 boy name
    1947 8,080 32 8,048 #40 boy name
    1948 7,863 34 7,829 #42 boy name
    1949 7,726 35 7,691 #43 boy name
    1950 7,315 28 7,287 #44 boy name
    1951 7,679 38 7,641 #43 boy name
    1952 7,847 19 7,828 #45 boy name
    1953 7,844 24 7,820 #44 boy name
    1954 8,162 29 8,133 #47 boy name
    1955 8,324 32 8,292 #47 boy name
    1956 8,336 32 8,304 #48 boy name
    1957 8,218 30 8,188 #49 boy name
    1958 7,764 43 7,721 #51 boy name
    1959 7,538 37 7,501 #54 boy name
    1960 7,862 54 7,808 #53 boy name
    1961 7,284 37 7,247 #56 boy name
    1962 6,889 34 6,855 #58 boy name
    1963 7,170 38 7,132 #54 boy name
    1964 6,700 38 6,662 #55 boy name
    1965 5,831 32 5,799 #54 boy name
    1966 5,270 44 5,226 #56 boy name
    1967 4,936 40 4,896 #57 boy name
    1968 4,681 38 4,643 #60 boy name
    1969 4,568 43 4,525 #62 boy name
    1970 4,450 51 4,399 #67 boy name
    1971 4,096 37 4,059 #72 boy name
    1972 3,443 36 3,407 #85 boy name
    1973 3,059 45 3,014 #90 boy name
    1974 2,931 35 2,896 #89 boy name
    1975 2,856 48 2,808 #91 boy name
    1976 2,702 32 2,670 #95 boy name
    1977 2,656 39 2,617 #99 boy name
    1978 2,648 41 2,607 #100 boy name
    1979 2,920 23 2,897 #100 boy name
    1980 2,970 35 2,935
    1981 2,823 32 2,791
    1982 2,850 45 2,805
    1983 2,637 34 2,603
    1984 2,588 25 2,563
    1985 2,553 27 2,526
    1986 2,478 35 2,443
    1987 2,251 30 2,221
    1988 2,347 30 2,317
    1989 2,273 15 2,258
    1990 2,197 6 2,191
    1991 1,929 8 1,921
    1992 1,790 11 1,779
    1993 1,592 7 1,585
    1994 1,422 6 1,416
    1995 1,381 0 1,381
    1996 1,183 0 1,183
    1997 1,093 0 1,093
    1998 1,146 0 1,146
    1999 996 0 996
    2000 988 0 988
    2001 881 0 881
    2002 784 0 784
    2003 775 0 775
    2004 752 0 752
    2005 653 0 653
    2006 658 0 658
    2007 625 0 625
    2008 557 0 557
    2009 519 0 519
    2010 447 0 447
    2011 425 0 425
    2012 486 0 486
    2013 444 0 444
    2014 435 0 435
    2015 457 0 457
    2016 443 0 443
    2017 411 0 411

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    Popularity of Carl as a first name

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    Popularity of Carl as a last name

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    Common last names for Carl

    • Johnson
    • Anderson
    • Smith
    • Carlson
    • Miller
    • Nelson
    • Peterson
    • Williams
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Davis
    • Olson
    • Larson
    • Wilson
    • Thompson
    • Martin
    • Moore
    • Taylor
    • Erickson

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Carl U.S.
      White 88.12% 64.26%
      African American 4.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.40% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 2.09% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.61% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.79% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Carl

    People with the last name Carl are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Carl

    • What name lists does Carl rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Carl? Carl is the 126th most popular name of all time. As a last name Carl was the 3,071st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Carl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 505,883 babies born with the first name Carl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carl to occupy the country of Cape Verde with an estimated population of 491,875 (as of June 16, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 372 new born babies.
    • When was Carl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carl is Tuesday, August 5th, 1823.
    • What year had the most people named Carl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carl was in 1956 with a total of 8,304 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carl!
    • Random Carl Factoid: According to the 1950 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carl ranks 41st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 9 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1950.
    • Weird things about the name Carl: Your name in reverse order is Lrac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lrca. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Carl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,689 people with the last name Carl.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Carl? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Carl as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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