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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Karl

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  • A user from Iowa, United States says the name Karl is of German origin and means "Manly".
  • According to a user from Australia, the name Karl is of Norwegian origin and means "A free man someone not a slave".
  • A user from says the name Karl is of English origin and means "Kind".
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Wiktionary

From German and Scandinavian Karl. A variant of Charles.

  1. A male given name.

Karl was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Faroese, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Karl

Karl Marx was a philosopher. Karl was born on May 5th, 1818 in Trier. He died on March 14th, 1883.

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Karl Urban is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Karl was given the name Karl-Heinz Urban on June 7th, 1972 in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Max Weber was a scientist in the fields of max weber, sociology, and chinese philosophy. Max was given the name Karl Emil Maximilian Weber on April 21st, 1864. He left this life on June 14th, 1920.

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Karl Dönitz was a president. He was most active from 1945 to 1945. Karl was born on September 16th, 1891 in Grünau (Berlin). He breathed his last breath on December 24th, 1980.

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Karl Malone is a basketball player for the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to 2004. Karl was born on July 24th, 1963 in Summerfield, Louisiana.

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Michael Kors is a fashion designer. Michael was given the name Karl Anderson, Jr. on August 9th, 1959 in Long Island, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Karl

George Karl is a basketball player for the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association. George was born on May 12th, 1951 in Penn Hills Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

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Andy Karl is an actor and singer. Andy was given the name Andrew Cesewski in 1973 in Baltimore.

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Franz Karl was royalty. He holds the title Archduke of Austria. Franz was born as the child of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, Maria Theresa of Naples, and Sicily on December 17th, 1802 in Vienna. He left this life on March 8th, 1878.

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Jonathan David Karl is a chief white house correspondent for abc news and abc news. Jonathan was born on January 19th, 1968.

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Coby Karl is a basketball player for the Westchester Knicks, →Los Angeles D-Fenders, DKV Joventut, Armani Jeans Milano, Los Angeles Lakers, Idaho Stampede, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and CB Granada in the NBA Development League. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to 2015. Coby was born on June 8th, 1983 in Great Falls, Montana.

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Wilhelm Karl was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1869 to 1928. Wilhelm was born as the child of Wilhelm, Duke of Urach, and Princess Florestine of Monaco on May 30th, 1864 in Monaco. He left this life on March 24th, 1928.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 21 0 21
1881 29 0 29
1882 40 0 40
1883 33 0 33
1884 34 0 34
1885 44 0 44
1886 48 0 48
1887 49 0 49
1888 71 0 71
1889 50 0 50
1890 47 0 47
1891 61 0 61
1892 59 0 59
1893 63 0 63
1894 73 0 73
1895 67 0 67
1896 60 0 60
1897 57 0 57
1898 53 0 53
1899 49 0 49
1900 75 0 75
1901 54 0 54
1902 65 0 65
1903 70 0 70
1904 67 0 67
1905 65 0 65
1906 108 0 108
1907 89 0 89
1908 97 0 97
1909 102 0 102
1910 92 0 92
1911 156 0 156
1912 323 0 323
1913 387 0 387
1914 548 0 548
1915 721 6 715
1916 693 8 685
1917 673 0 673
1918 600 0 600
1919 522 7 515
1920 502 0 502
1921 573 0 573
1922 527 0 527
1923 565 0 565
1924 589 5 584
1925 596 7 589
1926 596 0 596
1927 637 8 629
1928 607 8 599
1929 643 7 636
1930 655 7 648
1931 642 7 635
1932 670 0 670
1933 687 5 682
1934 695 6 689
1935 810 0 810
1936 836 5 831
1937 907 0 907
1938 985 0 985
1939 866 0 866
1940 855 0 855
1941 865 0 865
1942 883 5 878
1943 910 5 905
1944 837 0 837
1945 759 0 759
1946 998 0 998
1947 1,126 6 1,120
1948 1,184 0 1,184
1949 1,322 0 1,322
1950 1,303 0 1,303
1951 1,447 7 1,440
1952 1,564 0 1,564
1953 1,653 0 1,653
1954 1,739 0 1,739
1955 1,941 7 1,934
1956 2,070 14 2,056
1957 2,347 6 2,341
1958 2,360 14 2,346
1959 2,372 19 2,353
1960 2,612 20 2,592
1961 2,564 17 2,547
1962 2,479 21 2,458
1963 2,535 23 2,512
1964 2,421 18 2,403
1965 2,044 19 2,025
1966 1,810 19 1,791
1967 1,725 29 1,696
1968 1,625 22 1,603
1969 1,604 37 1,567
1970 1,599 23 1,576
1971 1,344 23 1,321
1972 1,193 26 1,167
1973 1,020 32 988
1974 1,030 26 1,004
1975 928 25 903
1976 893 26 867
1977 966 25 941
1978 922 22 900
1979 980 21 959
1980 1,082 24 1,058
1981 1,090 27 1,063
1982 1,001 27 974
1983 943 29 914
1984 918 24 894
1985 991 31 960
1986 932 29 903
1987 875 23 852
1988 866 23 843
1989 923 13 910
1990 862 6 856
1991 816 6 810
1992 738 0 738
1993 671 9 662
1994 612 0 612
1995 598 0 598
1996 503 0 503
1997 483 0 483
1998 455 0 455
1999 389 0 389
2000 366 0 366
2001 351 0 351
2002 330 0 330
2003 299 0 299
2004 281 0 281
2005 264 0 264
2006 270 0 270
2007 241 0 241
2008 188 0 188
2009 207 0 207
2010 177 0 177
2011 171 0 171
2012 161 0 161
2013 167 0 167
2014 161 0 161
2015 184 0 184
2016 167 0 167
2017 141 0 141

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Popularity of Karl as a first name

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Popularity of Karl as a last name

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Common last names for Karl

  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Smith
  • Schmidt
  • Schneider
  • Peterson
  • Brown
  • Koch
  • Mueller
  • Meyer
  • Williams
  • Hansen
  • Wagner
  • Klein
  • Nelson
  • Davis
  • Fischer

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Karl U.S.
  White 91.04% 64.26%
  African American 1.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Karl

People with the last name Karl are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Karl

  • How Popular is the name Karl? Karl is the 643rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Karl was the 5,308th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Karl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100,806 babies born with the first name Karl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Karl to occupy the territory of Jersey (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 97,857 (as of March 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Karl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Karl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Karl is Wednesday, September 16th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Karl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Karl was in 1960 with a total of 2,592 babies. That's a lot of babies named Karl!
  • Random Karl Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Karl ranks 71st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 12 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Karl: Your name in reverse order is Lrak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lark. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Karl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,564 people with the last name Karl.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Karl? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Karl as their last name.

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