Carol Name Meaning & Origin

Carol

Pronunciation: KA-rəl (key)

Origin of the name Carol:

Feminine form of the Latin Carolus, which is a cognate of Charles (full-grown, a man, freeman), and a short form of Caroline, another feminine form of Carolus. Alternatively, the name is derived from the vocabulary word carol (joyous song, a carol). Var: Carol, Carrol, Carroll, Carryl, Caryl.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Carol: | Edit

My name is Carol. I have never met anyone younger than 50 with my name, and I'm in my 30s. It seems everyone has an "Aunt Carol". I like that it's "just Carol". Not Caroline, Carolyn, etc. Of course, that doesn't stop people from assuming it is. And yeah, people misspell it, but they'll misspell anything :)

Carlo, Carol and Coral are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Carol: | Edit

Actually my parents gave me the name Carol spelled Karil.

As a teenage Carol, I am not fond of the name. I was named after two of my grandparents' friends. I know everyone wants a unique name and the fact that I don't know any Carols my age should be good but I can't help but think that there are other names that are equally unique and not so...old. To illustrate this point, a story. Two years ago, I was at a camp. We were going around the room introducing ourselves. As soon as I said my name, the counselor exclaimed, "I never knew a Carol younger than 50!" Needless to say, this did nothing to recommend me to the name, especially as this is a pretty standard reaction. One day, I might appreciate my name but the teenage years are not the best for the name. I also dislike the number of people who manage to misspell it with an "e" and the total lack of nicknames!

I like the name Carol, it's too bad it went out with the minuet. I think it's a very pretty name!

My middle name is Carol, and I like it better than my first name. If people didn't know me by my first name, I would go by Cara, which I really like. Or maybe Cari.

Nicknames for Carol: | Edit

Carrie, Cal, Carly

Meanings and history of the name Carol: | Edit

Short form of CAROLINE. It was formerly a masculine name, derived from CAROLUS. Romanian form of CAROLUS, This was the name of two Romanian kings. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word which means "song" or "hymn". Song of Joy

Famous real-life people named Carol: | Edit

Carol Burnett, American actress and comedienne
Carol Kane, American actress and comedienne
Carol Channing, American actress and singer, 3-time Tony Award winner
Carol Vorderman, English television personality
Carol Alt, American supermodel
Carol Gilligan, American psychologist and author
Carol Heiss, American figure skater
Carol Lawrence, American actress and singer
Carol Moseley Brown, first female African-American senator
Carol Potter, American actress
Carol Ryrie Brink (born Caroline Ryrie), American author, best known for her Newbery Award winning novel "Caddie Woodlawn"
Carol Shields, American-born Canadian author, best known for her novel "The Stone Diaries"
Carol Young, Australian musician

Carol in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Carol", song by Chuck Berry, written by Donald Hayes.
"Oh Carol", song by Neil Sedaka.
"Oh Carol", song by Smokie.
Carol Danvers, secret identity of Ms. Marvel in Marvel comics
Carol Peletier-a survivor and a major protagonist on AMC's, The Walking Dead

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