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Carol

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825k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Carol

"Carol" is a name of English origin, and it means "Form of Charles". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Car"ol
Senses
  1. A round dance.(Obs)
  2. A song of joy, exultation, or mirth; a lay."The costly feast, the carol, and the dance." [Dryden]"It was the carol of a bird." [Byron.]
  3. A song of praise of devotion; as, a Christmas or Easter carol ."Heard a carol, mournful, holy." [Tennyson.]"In the darkness sing your carol of high praise." [Keble.]
  4. Joyful music, as of a song."I heard the bells on Christmans Day Their old, familiar carol play." [Longfellow.]

Etymology: OF. carole a kind of dance wherein many dance together, fr. caroler to dance; perh. from Celtic; cf. Armor. koroll, n., korolla korolli, v., Ir. car music, turn, circular motion, also L. choraula a flute player, charus a dance, chorus, choir

verb Car"ol
Senses
  1. To praise or celebrate in song."The Shepherds at their festivals Carol her goodness." [Milton.]
  2. To sing, especially with joyful notes."Hovering swans . . . carol sounds harmonious." [Prior.]
verb Car"ol
To sing; esp. to sing joyfully; to warble.
noun
A small closet or inclosure built against a window on the inner side, to sit in for study. The word was used as late as the 16th century. The term carrel, of the same has largely superseded its use.

Etymology: OF. carole a sort of circular space, or carol

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ)
  2. Joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ
  3. Sing carols ("They went caroling on Christmas Day")
Wiktionary

Shortened from Caroline. Associated by folk etymology with the English noun carol.

  1. A female given name, popular in the middle of the 20th century.

Shortened from Latin Carolus; also an Anglicization of Romanian Carol, or Polish or Slovak Karol, all cognates of the English Charles.

  1. A male given name.

    Notable Persons Named Carol

    Carole King is a pop music, soft rock, folk rock, and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter. She was most active from 1958 to present. Carole was given the name Carol Joan Klein on February 9th, 1942 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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    (Group Captain) is a broadcaster. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. (Group was given the name Carol Jean Vorderman on December 24th, 1960 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.

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    Carol Burnett is an actress, comedian, singer, and writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to present. Carol was given the name Carol Creighton Burnett on April 26th, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

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    Carol Channing is a stand-up comedienne, actress, singer, dancer, and comedienne. She has been prominent since 1941. Carol was given the name Carol Elaine Channing on January 31st, 1921 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.

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    Carol Kane is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 1971. Carol was given the name Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18th, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Carol

    Sue Carol was an actress and talent agent. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1927 to 1937. Sue was given the name Evelyn Jean Lederer on October 30th, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She died on February 4th, 1982.

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    She was most active from 1941 to 1941. Martine was given the name Marie-Louise Jeanne Nicolle Mourer on May 16th, 1920 in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France. Martine is also known as Marise Arley, Martine Carole, and Marie-Louise Maurer. She breathed her last breath on February 6th, 1967.

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    Sister Carol is a reggae and dancehall musician. She was most active from 1984 to 1984. Sister was given the name Carol Theresa East on January 15th, 1959.

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    Cindy Carol is a theatre, film, television, actor, stage, and televisionactress. She was most active from 1955 to 1966. Cindy was given the name Annette Carol Sydes on October 11th, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Cindy is also known as Carol Sydes.

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    Lynne Carol was an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 1960 to 1980. Lynne was given the name Josephine Caroline Gertrude Mary Faith Harber on June 29th, 1914 in Usk. Lynne is also known as Palmer and Josephine. She died on June 30th, 1990.

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    Avedon Carol is a writer.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 7 7 0
    1881 10 10 0
    1882 6 6 0
    1884 13 8 5
    1885 11 11 0
    1886 13 13 0
    1887 15 15 0
    1888 20 20 0
    1889 30 30 0
    1890 31 26 5
    1891 30 24 6
    1892 35 29 6
    1893 30 30 0
    1894 31 31 0
    1895 54 48 6
    1896 36 36 0
    1897 49 42 7
    1898 68 63 5
    1899 65 65 0
    1900 76 70 6
    1901 61 61 0
    1902 86 80 6
    1903 77 67 10
    1904 98 98 0
    1905 97 91 6
    1906 104 97 7
    1907 123 112 11
    1908 153 146 7
    1909 161 142 19
    1910 199 185 14
    1911 193 181 12
    1912 356 324 32
    1913 366 332 34
    1914 492 438 54
    1915 674 596 78
    1916 887 789 98
    1917 895 798 97
    1918 1,109 1,011 98
    1919 1,007 932 75
    1920 1,248 1,141 107
    1921 1,497 1,373 124
    1922 1,655 1,522 133
    1923 1,969 1,864 105
    1924 2,226 2,094 132
    1925 2,433 2,286 147
    1926 2,596 2,427 169
    1927 2,872 2,644 228
    1928 3,545 3,350 195 #77 girl name
    1929 4,488 4,278 210 #63 girl name
    1930 4,818 4,598 220 #54 girl name
    1931 5,137 4,891 246 #46 girl name
    1932 6,788 6,569 219 #32 girl name
    1933 8,489 8,221 268 #20 girl name
    1934 10,524 10,272 252 #14 girl name
    1935 11,937 11,731 206 #11 girl name
    1936 14,784 14,521 263 #10 girl name
    1937 17,613 17,335 278 #6 girl name
    1938 19,693 19,423 270 #6 girl name
    1939 20,427 20,169 258 #6 girl name
    1940 22,013 21,760 253 #6 girl name
    1941 24,426 24,183 243 #4 girl name
    1942 30,538 30,271 267 #5 girl name
    1943 31,911 31,680 231 #5 girl name
    1944 30,633 30,457 176 #5 girl name
    1945 30,580 30,388 192 #5 girl name
    1946 34,456 34,282 174 #5 girl name
    1947 33,701 33,538 163 #6 girl name
    1948 29,108 28,982 126 #8 girl name
    1949 26,913 26,781 132 #8 girl name
    1950 26,293 26,163 130 #9 girl name
    1951 24,890 24,781 109 #11 girl name
    1952 24,093 23,989 104 #12 girl name
    1953 22,361 22,281 80 #16 girl name
    1954 22,339 22,251 88 #15 girl name
    1955 22,117 22,039 78 #16 girl name
    1956 21,497 21,405 92 #16 girl name
    1957 21,990 21,902 88 #18 girl name
    1958 19,761 19,692 69 #20 girl name
    1959 18,199 18,123 76 #22 girl name
    1960 17,547 17,463 84 #23 girl name
    1961 16,747 16,667 80 #24 girl name
    1962 14,597 14,522 75 #28 girl name
    1963 12,548 12,494 54 #33 girl name
    1964 12,178 12,125 53 #36 girl name
    1965 10,156 10,100 56 #42 girl name
    1966 8,304 8,261 43 #48 girl name
    1967 7,531 7,488 43 #47 girl name
    1968 7,121 7,079 42 #49 girl name
    1969 6,182 6,140 42 #55 girl name
    1970 5,089 5,063 26 #71 girl name
    1971 3,887 3,857 30 #93 girl name
    1972 3,040 3,009 31
    1973 2,484 2,461 23
    1974 2,061 2,039 22
    1975 1,800 1,786 14
    1976 1,509 1,493 16
    1977 1,362 1,345 17
    1978 1,278 1,262 16
    1979 1,183 1,166 17
    1980 1,126 1,105 21
    1981 1,058 1,043 15
    1982 960 946 14
    1983 956 942 14
    1984 923 906 17
    1985 853 840 13
    1986 791 769 22
    1987 777 762 15
    1988 759 740 19
    1989 774 751 23
    1990 778 763 15
    1991 682 672 10
    1992 623 612 11
    1993 513 506 7
    1994 515 503 12
    1995 460 460 0
    1996 411 411 0
    1997 374 374 0
    1998 351 351 0
    1999 308 303 5
    2000 321 321 0
    2001 277 277 0
    2002 273 273 0
    2003 275 275 0
    2004 289 289 0
    2005 365 351 14
    2006 274 269 5
    2007 259 250 9
    2008 228 228 0
    2009 193 188 5
    2010 150 150 0
    2011 191 191 0
    2012 168 168 0
    2013 133 133 0
    2014 150 150 0
    2015 118 118 0
    2016 129 129 0

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    Popularity of Carol as a first name

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    Popularity of Carol as a last name

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    Common last names for Carol

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Williams
    • Davis
    • Anderson
    • Wilson
    • Martin
    • Thompson
    • Taylor
    • Clark
    • White
    • Thomas
    • Hall
    • Walker
    • Young
    • Lewis

    Common first names for Carol

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Carol U.S.
      White 76.88% 64.26%
      African American 12.67% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.25% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.18% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 6.41% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Carol

    People with the last name Carol are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Carol

    • How Popular is the name Carol? Carol is the 61st most popular name of all time. As a last name Carol was the 18,984th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Carol have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 824,715 babies born with the first name Carol in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carol to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carol? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Carol first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carol is Saturday, August 24th, 1850.
    • What year had the most people named Carol born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carol was in 1946 with a total of 34,282 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carol!
    • Random Carol Factoid: According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carol ranks 30th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 23 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1934.
    • Weird things about the name Carol: Your name in reverse order is Lorac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rcaol. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Carol? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,436 people with the last name Carol.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Carol? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Carol as their last name since less than 1 person in 204k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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