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in the U.S.
since 1880
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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 Karlson

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Alt. Meaning

K is for kid, the child within.

A is for accountable, someone to be counted on

R is for rich, in the love from others

L is for look, the way you look at life.

S is for strength, there when needed.

O is for optimistic, look at the bright side!

N is for noteworthy, just like your achievements

Notable Persons With the Last Name Karlson

Phil Karlson was a film director. Phil was given the name Philip N. Karlstein on July 2nd, 1908 in Chicago. He breathed his last breath on December 12th, 1985.


Oliver Karlson is an athlete for the JK Tallinna Kalev II.


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Popularity of Karlson as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Karlson U.S.
  White 94.70% 64.26%
  African American 0.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.02% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.72% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Karlson

People with the last name Karlson are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Karlson

  • How Popular is the name Karlson? Karlson is the 91,460th most popular name of all time. As a last name Karlson was the 14,006th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Karlson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Karlson in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Karlson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2012 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Karlson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Karlson is Sunday, January 31st, 1909.
  • What year had the most people named Karlson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Karlson was in 2012 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Karlson: Your name in reverse order is Noslrak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Loaknrs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Karlson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,150 people with the last name Karlson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Karlson? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Karlson as their last name since less than 1 person in 137k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
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