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825k
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since 1880
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1k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Carol

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Nicknames and Given Names for Carol

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 2,095 131
1925 2,432 2,285 147
1926 2,596 2,427 169
1927 2,873 2,645 228
1928 3,544 3,349 195 #77 girl name
1929 4,488 4,278 210 #63 girl name
1930 4,818 4,598 220 #54 girl name
1931 5,136 4,890 246 #46 girl name
1932 6,788 6,569 219 #32 girl name
1933 8,489 8,221 268 #20 girl name
1934 10,523 10,271 252 #14 girl name
1935 11,938 11,732 206 #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 20,426 20,168 258 #6 girl name
1940 22,013 21,760 253 #6 girl name
1941 24,424 24,181 243 #4 girl name
1942 30,536 30,269 267 #5 girl name
1943 31,911 31,680 231 #5 girl name
1944 30,633 30,457 176 #5 girl name
1945 30,581 30,389 192 #5 girl name
1946 34,455 34,281 174 #5 girl name
1947 33,698 33,535 163 #6 girl name
1948 29,108 28,982 126 #8 girl name
1949 26,914 26,782 132 #8 girl name
1950 26,291 26,162 129 #9 girl name
1951 24,887 24,777 110 #11 girl name
1952 24,097 23,993 104 #12 girl name
1953 22,357 22,277 80 #16 girl name
1954 22,343 22,255 88 #15 girl name
1955 22,115 22,037 78 #16 girl name
1956 21,498 21,406 92 #16 girl name
1957 21,987 21,899 88 #18 girl name
1958 19,762 19,693 69 #20 girl name
1959 18,197 18,121 76 #22 girl name
1960 17,547 17,463 84 #23 girl name
1961 16,747 16,667 80 #24 girl name
1962 14,600 14,525 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 7,532 7,489 43 #47 girl name
1968 7,120 7,078 42 #49 girl name
1969 6,181 6,139 42 #56 girl name
1970 5,090 5,064 26 #71 girl name
1971 3,888 3,858 30 #93 girl name
1972 3,041 3,010 31
1973 2,483 2,460 23
1974 2,061 2,039 22
1975 1,800 1,786 14
1976 1,510 1,494 16
1977 1,361 1,344 17
1978 1,278 1,262 16
1979 1,183 1,166 17
1980 1,127 1,106 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 775 752 23
1990 778 763 15
1991 681 671 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 117 117 0

Fun Facts about the name Carol

  • How many people with the first name Carol have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 824,575 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 34,281 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carol!
  • Random Carol Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carol ranks 4th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 938 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 1944.
  • 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 Carol. 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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Common last names for Carol

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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Carol

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

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 With the Name Carol

    Carole King

    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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    Carol Susan Jane Danvers

    Carol Susan Jane Danvers is a famous person.

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    (Group Captain)

    (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

    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

    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

    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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    • Diahann Carroll
      (actor)
    • Carol II
      (royalty)
    • CCH Pounder
      (actress)
    • Niecy Nash
      (actress)
    • Carol Alt
      (actress/model)
    • Carol McCain
      (model (people))
    • Carol Lynley
      (actress)
    • Carol I
      (royalty)
    • Carol Thatcher
      (journalist)
    • Carol Kirkwood
      (television presenter)
    • Carol Moseley Braun
      (Recorder of Deeds of Cook County)
    • Carol Cleveland
      (famous individual)
    • Carol Gilligan
      (writer)
    • Carol Leifer
      (comedian)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Carol

    Sue 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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    Martine Carol

    Martine Carol was an influential individual. 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

    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

    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

    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

    Avedon Carol is a writer.

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    What does the name Carol mean?

    Cis for casual, no pretension here.

    Ais for articulate, a regular wordsmith

    Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

    Ois for outlook, pleasing to all.

    Lis for listen, one of your best traits.

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