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Carl

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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 6,518 45 6,473 #29 boy name
1920 7,054 45 7,009 #27 boy name
1921 7,121 42 7,079 #30 boy name
1922 6,739 48 6,691 #30 boy name
1923 6,920 49 6,871 #28 boy name
1924 7,134 46 7,088 #27 boy name
1925 7,108 50 7,058 #28 boy name
1926 6,988 47 6,941 #26 boy name
1927 7,334 57 7,277 #26 boy name
1928 7,007 61 6,946 #28 boy name
1929 6,940 50 6,890 #28 boy name
1930 7,013 59 6,954 #26 boy name
1931 6,635 54 6,581 #28 boy name
1932 6,754 46 6,708 #28 boy name
1933 6,225 35 6,190 #28 boy name
1934 6,718 38 6,680 #28 boy name
1935 6,721 26 6,695 #28 boy name
1936 6,629 41 6,588 #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 6,785 31 6,754 #32 boy name
1941 7,192 31 7,161 #28 boy name
1942 7,300 32 7,268 #36 boy name
1943 7,505 40 7,465 #33 boy name
1944 6,849 30 6,819 #36 boy name
1945 6,339 26 6,313 #39 boy name
1946 7,404 25 7,379 #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 7,320 28 7,292 #44 boy name
1951 7,672 40 7,632 #43 boy name
1952 7,840 19 7,821 #45 boy name
1953 7,849 24 7,825 #44 boy name
1954 8,164 29 8,135 #47 boy name
1955 8,323 32 8,291 #47 boy name
1956 8,337 32 8,305 #48 boy name
1957 8,220 30 8,190 #49 boy name
1958 7,764 43 7,721 #51 boy name
1959 7,541 37 7,504 #54 boy name
1960 7,862 54 7,808 #53 boy name
1961 7,285 37 7,248 #56 boy name
1962 6,889 34 6,855 #58 boy name
1963 7,171 38 7,133 #54 boy name
1964 6,701 38 6,663 #55 boy name
1965 5,832 32 5,800 #54 boy name
1966 5,270 44 5,226 #56 boy name
1967 4,936 40 4,896 #57 boy name
1968 4,685 38 4,647 #59 boy name
1969 4,571 43 4,528 #62 boy name
1970 4,451 51 4,400 #67 boy name
1971 4,098 37 4,061 #72 boy name
1972 3,445 36 3,409 #85 boy name
1973 3,061 45 3,016 #90 boy name
1974 2,931 35 2,896 #89 boy name
1975 2,861 48 2,813 #91 boy name
1976 2,705 32 2,673 #95 boy name
1977 2,657 39 2,618 #99 boy name
1978 2,649 41 2,608 #100 boy name
1979 2,923 23 2,900 #100 boy name
1980 2,969 35 2,934
1981 2,823 32 2,791
1982 2,849 45 2,804
1983 2,637 34 2,603
1984 2,586 25 2,561
1985 2,552 27 2,525
1986 2,476 35 2,441
1987 2,250 30 2,220
1988 2,347 30 2,317
1989 2,273 15 2,258
1990 2,195 6 2,189
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 880 0 880
2002 784 0 784
2003 774 0 774
2004 750 0 750
2005 651 0 651
2006 657 0 657
2007 625 0 625
2008 557 0 557
2009 519 0 519
2010 446 0 446
2011 424 0 424
2012 486 0 486
2013 443 0 443
2014 434 0 434
2015 452 0 452

Fun Facts about the name Carl

  • How many people with the first name Carl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 505,032 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 8,305 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carl!
  • Random Carl Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carl ranks 49th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 14 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1920.
  • 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 Alrc. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

German

Origin and Meaning of Carl

The name "Carl" is 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 With the Name Carl

    Carl Sagan

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    • Carl XVI Gustaf
      (royalty)
    • Carl Frampton
      (notable somebody)
    • Carl Reiner
      (actor)
    • Carl Wilson
      (musician)
    • Carl Lewis
      (athlete)
    • Carl Bernstein
      (journalist)
    • Carl Tanzler
      (radiographer)
    • Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz
      (military person)
    • Carl Froch
      (boxer)
    • Carl Palmer
      (musician)
    • Carl Jenkinson
      (soccer player)
    • Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
      (President of Finland)
    • Carl Switzer
      (actor)
    • Carl Panzram
      (criminal)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Carl

    Carl

    Carl was an influential somebody. 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

    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

    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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    Emich Carl

    Emich Carl was a famous individual. 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 Carl

    Steve Carl is a leading individual. Steve was born on December 20th, 1984 in Belle Plaine, Iowa.

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    Prince von Wrede Carl

    Prince von Wrede Carl was a leading somebody. 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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    What does the name Carl mean?

    Cis for creative, ideas aplenty

    Ais for adaptable, whenever things change

    Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

    Lis for lucky, who is more?

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    Sources: 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. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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