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Carl Name Popularity

How popular is the name Carl? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 26 1,318 0.3743%
1911 26 1,557 0.4181%
1912 24 3,213 0.6371%
1913 23 3,927 0.6926%
1914 24 4,798 0.6885%
1915 22 6,599 0.7263%
1916 23 6,785 0.7024%
1917 24 6,688 0.6685%
1918 25 7,002 0.6524%
1919 29 6,467 0.6176%
1920 27 7,000 0.6296%
1921 30 7,072 0.6176%
1922 30 6,690 0.6005%
1923 28 6,869 0.6133%
1924 27 7,082 0.6099%
1925 28 7,052 0.6239%
1926 26 6,935 0.6305%
1927 26 7,281 0.6578%
1928 28 6,941 0.6487%
1929 28 6,892 0.6654%
1930 26 6,952 0.6655%
1931 28 6,580 0.6667%
1932 28 6,708 0.679%
1933 28 6,185 0.6639%
1934 28 6,672 0.6902%
1935 28 6,693 0.6887%
1936 27 6,586 0.6837%
1937 28 6,905 0.7007%
1938 29 6,844 0.6685%
1939 30 6,591 0.648%
1940 32 6,751 0.6351%
1941 28 7,160 0.6362%
1942 36 7,266 0.5754%
1943 33 7,462 0.5716%
1944 36 6,818 0.5501%
1945 39 6,313 0.5176%
1946 39 7,376 0.4999%
1947 40 8,048 0.4821%
1948 42 7,829 0.4904%
1949 43 7,691 0.4781%
1950 44 7,283 0.4523%
1951 43 7,641 0.4507%
1952 45 7,828 0.4485%
1953 44 7,820 0.4419%
1954 47 8,133 0.4449%
1955 47 8,292 0.4508%
1956 48 8,304 0.4397%
1957 49 8,188 0.4255%
1958 51 7,717 0.4083%
1959 54 7,501 0.3948%
1960 53 7,808 0.4121%
1961 56 7,247 0.3839%
1962 58 6,855 0.3734%
1963 54 7,132 0.3973%
1964 55 6,662 0.3785%
1965 54 5,799 0.3546%
1966 56 5,226 0.3347%
1967 57 4,896 0.3226%
1968 60 4,643 0.3092%
1969 62 4,525 0.2937%
1970 67 4,399 0.2764%
1971 72 4,059 0.2701%
1972 85 3,403 0.2499%
1973 89 3,014 0.2325%
1974 89 2,896 0.2228%
1975 90 2,800 0.2179%
1976 95 2,662 0.2065%
1977 99 2,612 0.1938%
1978 100 2,606 0.1938%
1979 100 2,894 0.2052%
1980 102 2,928 0.2003%
1981 106 2,780 0.1891%
1982 104 2,805 0.1877%
1983 106 2,598 0.1761%
1984 108 2,560 0.1721%
1985 112 2,523 0.1662%
1986 114 2,432 0.1611%
1987 126 2,214 0.1451%
1988 126 2,308 0.1481%
1989 134 2,253 0.1396%
1990 143 2,185 0.1318%
1991 168 1,902 0.1167%
1992 182 1,756 0.11%
1993 193 1,567 0.1005%
1994 202 1,404 0.0915%
1995 213 1,361 0.0903%
1996 250 1,158 0.0773%
1997 259 1,076 0.0728%
1998 260 1,126 0.0752%
1999 289 969 0.0647%
2000 302 959 0.0628%
2001 320 851 0.0565%
2002 345 760 0.0507%
2003 356 741 0.0487%
2004 372 715 0.0469%
2005 416 618 0.0404%
2006 428 627 0.04%
2007 452 577 0.0366%
2008 491 520 0.0336%
2009 506 495 0.0331%
2010 549 417 0.0289%
2011 590 370 0.026%
2012 535 442 0.031%
2013 568 408 0.0287%
2014 599 395 0.0271%
2015 592 410 0.0282%
2016 586 408 0.0283%
2017 616 366 0.0262%
2018 704 278 0.0202%
2019 726 262 0.0194%

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Names Like Carl

If you like Carl, you’ll love these other names like Carl.


What names are variants of Carl?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Carl.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Carel

Free man

German

Karel

Free man

German

Karl

Free man

German


What names sound like Carl?

If you like how Carl sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Carl.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Carlo

Free man

Spanish

Carly

Little champion; fort at Luguvalium

Irish

Caryl

Man; free man

German


What names are similar to Carl?

Find a name that’s like Carl, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Carlyle

Fort at Luguvalium

English


4 Comments

  1. My husband and father in law both got the first name Carl. I wasnt sold on the name so my first son has my husbands middle name and the same initials because I didnt want to make him a jr. We didnt plan on having another boy but it happened lol. We picked out the name Lucas. He would have been Lucas Orion but my father in law passed away about 2 weeks before he was born and my husband felt very strongly about giving him the name so I sucked it up and changed it. Now we have our little Carl Lucas.

  2. I picked the name Carl because that’s his father’s name and his grandfather, & great grandfathers name as well it meant alot to him to name him after him

  3. We chose Carl because it’s a family name on my husband’s side. His great grandpa was Carl, he was a WW2 vet who was at Normandy the day after D-Day. I know my husband (who’s an army combat vet as well) has a lot of respect for him and I think that’s why he wanted Carl. His grandpa and a few uncles are also Carl. I’ll admit, I wasn’t in love with it at first, but once little man got here I knew it was right. ?

  4. My husband is the fourth Carl in his family, though all the men have different middle names. So as long as our son looked like a Carl, which he did in the 3D ultrasound and when he came out, he was going to be a Carl. We also liked the description in The New Baby Name Survey of the “Image” Carl invokes: “…a sociable guy, even though he’s a bit of a geek. People say Carl is goofy, sweet, and smart to the point of being nerdy. His friends are know to enjoy his funny stories.” This description was a bit of my husband and a bit of me so we thought it was perfect. We did have some indecision on naming him Carl since it’s not a popular or modern name, but it was going to be weird breaking a family tradition and he did look like a Carl and I love my husband so we stayed with Carl. He’s pretty much lived up to his name and his dad’s characteristics so we’re still happy with our choice. The double Carls/Big Carl Little Carl does help people remember their names so much easier too. Mom gets lost in the introductions!


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