Carlos

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285k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Carlos

"Carlos" is a name of Spanish origin, and it means "Free man". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. Venezuelan master terrorist raised by a Marxist-Leninist father; trained and worked with many terrorist groups (born in 1949)
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  1. A male given name of Spanish and Portuguese origin. English equivalent: Charles.

Carlos was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Carlos

Charlie Sheen is an actor. He has been prominent since 1973. Charlie was given the name Carlos Irwin Estévez by his parents Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen on September 3rd, 1965 in New York, New York, U.S.

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Chuck Norris is an actor, martial artist, film producer, screenwriter, and martial arts. He was most active from 1968 to present. Chuck was given the name Carlos Ray Norris on March 10th, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Carlos Slim is a chairman & ceo of telmex, américa móvil, samsung mexico, grupo carso, telmex, samsung, chairman & ceo oftelmex, and samsung mexicoandgrupo carso. Carlos was given the name Carlos Slim Helú on January 28th, 1940 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Carlos Santana is a latin rock, blues rock, and jazz fusion musician. He plays PRS Guitars, Yamaha Corporation, and Gibson SG. His career lasted from 1965 to 2015. Carlos was born on July 20th, 1947 in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Carlos Norman Hathcock is a military person. His military service ended in 1979.

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Carlos Tevez is a soccer player for the Boca Juniors, All Boys, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, West Ham United F.C., Manchester United F.C., Manchester City F.C., Juventus F.C., Argentina national under-17 football team, Argentina national under-23 football team, and Argentina national footba. Carlos was born on February 5th, 1984 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Carlos

Wendy Carlos is an electronic music, classical music, ambient music, jazz, and synthpop musician. She plays Synthesizer, keyboards, and vocoder. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to present. Wendy was given the name Walter Carlos on November 14th, 1939 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, US.

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Bun E. Carlos is a rock music musician and archivist. He plays Drums and Drum kit. Bun was given the name Brad Carlson on June 12th, 1950.

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John Carlos is an athlete. John was born on June 5th, 1945 in Harlem, New York, United States.

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Roberto Carlos is a soccer player for the Delhi Dynamos FC, União São João Esporte Clube, Clube Atlético Mineiro, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Inter Milan, Real Madrid C.F., Fenerbahçe S.K. (football), Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, and Brazil national football team. Roberto was born on April 10th, 1973 in Garça.

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Keith Carlos is a football player. Keith was born on December 19th, 1987 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Carlos was royalty. He holds the title Prince of Asturias. Carlos was born as the child of Philip II of Spain, Maria Manuela, and Princess of Portugal on July 8th, 1545 in Valladolid. He died on July 24th, 1568.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 17 0 17
1881 19 0 19
1882 20 0 20
1883 22 0 22
1884 13 0 13
1885 28 0 28
1886 16 0 16
1887 20 0 20
1888 29 0 29
1889 25 0 25
1890 17 0 17
1891 16 0 16
1892 24 0 24
1893 26 0 26
1894 25 0 25
1895 20 0 20
1896 30 0 30
1897 28 0 28
1898 30 0 30
1899 36 0 36
1900 37 0 37
1901 38 0 38
1902 37 0 37
1903 41 0 41
1904 38 0 38
1905 58 0 58
1906 50 0 50
1907 74 0 74
1908 56 0 56
1909 60 0 60
1910 82 0 82
1911 69 0 69
1912 124 0 124
1913 165 5 160
1914 210 0 210
1915 273 0 273
1916 234 0 234
1917 298 0 298
1918 348 0 348
1919 312 0 312
1920 431 10 421
1921 399 6 393
1922 447 6 441
1923 434 7 427
1924 453 0 453
1925 477 6 471
1926 505 9 496
1927 552 8 544
1928 584 0 584
1929 570 13 557
1930 589 11 578
1931 552 8 544
1932 534 14 520
1933 572 9 563
1934 568 10 558
1935 565 6 559
1936 541 7 534
1937 544 12 532
1938 598 15 583
1939 589 9 580
1940 668 10 658
1941 621 7 614
1942 659 0 659
1943 709 10 699
1944 699 10 689
1945 736 17 719
1946 879 11 868
1947 1,038 7 1,031
1948 1,041 13 1,028
1949 1,149 13 1,136
1950 1,204 15 1,189
1951 1,255 22 1,233
1952 1,271 16 1,255
1953 1,409 11 1,398
1954 1,627 16 1,611
1955 1,718 19 1,699
1956 1,816 22 1,794
1957 1,811 18 1,793
1958 1,921 19 1,902
1959 1,956 17 1,939
1960 2,025 29 1,996
1961 2,028 29 1,999
1962 2,141 20 2,121
1963 2,132 21 2,111
1964 2,214 24 2,190
1965 2,157 29 2,128
1966 2,189 29 2,160
1967 2,317 24 2,293
1968 2,531 31 2,500
1969 2,928 32 2,896
1970 3,411 28 3,383 #98 boy name
1971 3,470 45 3,425 #89 boy name
1972 3,471 37 3,434 #84 boy name
1973 3,613 42 3,571 #74 boy name
1974 3,916 47 3,869 #71 boy name
1975 3,843 51 3,792 #73 boy name
1976 3,827 41 3,786 #70 boy name
1977 3,844 51 3,793 #74 boy name
1978 3,774 48 3,726 #78 boy name
1979 4,210 45 4,165 #73 boy name
1980 4,129 48 4,081 #78 boy name
1981 4,216 38 4,178 #71 boy name
1982 4,315 51 4,264 #71 boy name
1983 3,953 41 3,912 #75 boy name
1984 4,000 42 3,958 #74 boy name
1985 4,114 30 4,084 #75 boy name
1986 4,145 57 4,088 #76 boy name
1987 4,189 42 4,147 #74 boy name
1988 4,174 53 4,121 #80 boy name
1989 4,682 45 4,637 #77 boy name
1990 5,251 44 5,207 #75 boy name
1991 5,370 40 5,330 #72 boy name
1992 5,365 31 5,334 #69 boy name
1993 5,383 35 5,348 #72 boy name
1994 5,350 25 5,325 #72 boy name
1995 5,564 21 5,543 #68 boy name
1996 5,490 26 5,464 #67 boy name
1997 5,481 20 5,461 #67 boy name
1998 5,492 16 5,476 #69 boy name
1999 6,680 18 6,662 #59 boy name
2000 6,332 17 6,315 #66 boy name
2001 6,863 22 6,841 #59 boy name
2002 6,606 20 6,586 #65 boy name
2003 6,232 16 6,216 #66 boy name
2004 6,270 16 6,254 #71 boy name
2005 6,573 14 6,559 #70 boy name
2006 6,553 13 6,540 #71 boy name
2007 6,417 6 6,411 #70 boy name
2008 6,053 6 6,047 #73 boy name
2009 5,375 0 5,375 #79 boy name
2010 4,594 9 4,585 #89 boy name
2011 4,181 5 4,176 #91 boy name
2012 4,010 7 4,003 #95 boy name
2013 3,674 0 3,674
2014 3,413 0 3,413
2015 3,414 0 3,414
2016 3,184 0 3,184

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Popularity of Carlos as a first name

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Popularity of Carlos as a last name

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Common last names for Carlos

  • Rodriguez
  • Garcia
  • Martinez
  • Gonzalez
  • Hernandez
  • Rivera
  • Lopez
  • Perez
  • Sanchez
  • Torres
  • Ortiz
  • Diaz
  • Morales
  • Ramirez
  • Santiago
  • Fernandez
  • Ramos
  • Gomez
  • Cruz
  • Flores

Common first names for Carlos

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Carlos U.S.
  White 13.38% 64.26%
  African American 3.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 68.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Carlos

People with the last name Carlos are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Carlos

  • How Popular is the name Carlos? Carlos is the 254th most popular name of all time. As a last name Carlos was the 2,357th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Carlos have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 284,884 babies born with the first name Carlos in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carlos to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carlos? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Carlos first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carlos is Friday, July 2nd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Carlos born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carlos was in 2001 with a total of 6,841 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carlos!
  • Random Carlos Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carlos ranks 90th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 94 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Carlos: Your name in reverse order is Solrac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rlacos. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Carlos? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,462 people with the last name Carlos.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Carlos? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Carlos 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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