Karl Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Karl:
Derived from the Germanic karl (a man, freeman, peasant).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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The wikipedia article on Charles Martel, the first bearer of the name Karl, gives an interesting story as to the origin of the name Karl:
"The following tale is told of Charles and of the origins of his name: in 686, Pippin II and his wife Plectrude were talking together in a room when they were intruded upon by a messenger, bringing news that the Mayor's mistress, Alpaida, had given birth to a son at Herstal.The messenger, fearful of arousing the wrath of Plectrude, decided not to announce the news directly. Instead, he said: "Long live the king, it is a carl" ('man'). Pippin, equally cautious of his wife, dismissed the messenger as follows: "A carl, is it? Then let him be called that." This was done, and, so legend claims, the child was named "Carl"."
In German, the modern cognate word "Kerl", means "guy, fellow".
- Famous real-life people named Karl
Karl Marx, author of The Communist Manifesto
Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer
Karl Landsteiner, Austrian biologist and physician
Karl Malden (1912-2009), American actor
Karl Pilkington, English radio presenter
Karl Popper, Austrian/British philosopher
Karl Rapp, German engineer
Karl Rove, American political advisor
Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician
Karl Wendlinger, Austrian race car driver
Karl Hess, American comedian
- Karl in song, story & screen
Karl Stromberg, James Bond villain
Karl Walken, Black Cat mayor
Karl Marsten, from Kelley Armstrong's the Otherworld series
Karl Fink, from Dog With a Blog