Carly: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Carly

Carly

Pronunciation: KAHR-lee (key)

Origin of the name Carly:

A feminine form of Carl and Charles, both of which are derived from the Old English ceorl (man, freeman, peasant). Var: Karla. Pet: Carley, Carli, Carly, Karley, Karli, Karly.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Carly: | Edit

My 2 year old is Carly i was looking for a cute C name that isn't overly popular and i fell in love w/Carly. Doesn't hurt that it's the feminine version of Charles her daddy's name! I love her name because it fits her so well she is truly a Carly!

Personal experiences with the name Carly: | Edit

Hey There!
I am the youngest of four kids and there's an eight year age gap between my closest sibling and me. When I was younger (4-11) I used to hate my name, I wanted a more common name like Rebecca or Sarah, but now I absolutely adore my name (12-15). In school I'm the only Carly there so there's never any confusion with other students and it's a name that's not easily forgotten! I couldn't imagine myself with a different name, to be honest and I'm extremely grateful to have a name such as Carly because it sets you apart from others and in my experience I've only ever come across 3 other Carlys!!
So yeah I LOVE My Name!!!!!
My Full Name - Carly Claire Casey Connolly.

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I always loved this name for a girl, and was considering it for my girl until I met the worst brat in the world (her mother spelled it Karleigh, but still...it ruined the name for me)

Nicknames for Carly: | Edit

Carlee
Carls – pet form.
Carlsberg
Carli
Car-Car
Car
LeeLee
Curly
Lee
Carlsberg, Charlie, Carlos, Leely, Daisey, Carl, Carlayyy
Carlsbad

Meanings and history of the name Carly: | Edit

A feminine form of Carl and Charles, which means "manly."

Famous real-life people named Carly: | Edit

Carly Simon, singer
Carly Patterson, US 2004 Olympic Gold Gymnast
Carly Smithson, American Idol Season 7, 2008 7th place finalist
Carly Fiorina, American business executive and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Carly McKillip, Canadian actress
Carly Schroeder, American actress
Karlie Kloss, American model
Carley Stenson, British actress
Carly Rae Jepsen, creator of hit song "Call Me Maybe"

Carly in song, story & screen: | Edit

Carly Shay from the Nickelodeon show iCarly
Carly Corinthos Jacks, character on General Hospital
Carly Tenney, character on As the World Turns
Carly Manning, character on Days of Our Lives
Carly Witwicky, character in the Transformers franchise
Carly Wicks, character on British soap Eastenders

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