Carl: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Carl

Carl

Pronunciation: KAHRL (key)

Origin of the name Carl:

Derived from the Old English ceorl (freeman, peasant, man). In the Middle Ages, Carl was used as a nickname for a bondman, villain, or a person of low birth and rude manners. Alternatively, Carl is used as a short form of Carlton. (karl)

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It's been a very good name. Not often mis-spelled. Not really common so that people don't know if it is me that is being mentioned. Common-enough so people don't think it is a weird name. I really liked that I had the same first name as Carl Yastremski (Yaz) since I grew up in MA as a Red Sox fan.

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Carl Barat - British musician
Carl Sagan - astronomer
Carl Sandburg - writer/poet
Carl Lewis - 9-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Carl Yastrzemski - baseball player (23 years with Boston Red Sox)
Carl Icahn - billionaire financier

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Carl Fredricksen, character voiced by Edward Asner in the Pixar film "Up"
"Good Dog, Carl," series of children's picture books written and illustrated by Alexandra Day
Carl, the crude neighbor on Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Carl Grimes, boy character on "The Walking Dead"
Carl Gallagher, middle sibling in "Shameless" and "Shameless US"

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