[ 1 syll. car(l), ca-rl ] The baby boy name Carl is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is KAARL (English, German) †. Carl is used predominantly in the English, German, and Scandinavian languages, and it is derived from Irish Gaelic, Breton, Old English, and Germanic origins. Carl was an older form of the German name Karl. The latter was brought by German and Scandinavian immigrants into the USA, where it was subsequently re-spelled as Carl by English speakers.
Carl is a variant of the name Carlin (English).
Carl is also a variant of the name Carlisle (English).
Carl is also a short form (English and German) of the name Carlton (English).
Carl is also a variant spelling (English, German, and Scandinavian) of the name Karl (German, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic) as well as a variant (English, German, and Scandinavian) of the name Charles (English and French).
The name Carl is used to a great extent; it has 33 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Caarl, Caarlo, Carel, Carlan, Carle, Carlen, Carlens, Carles, Carless, Carlin, Carlis, Carlitis, Carll, Carlson, Carlys, Carol, Caroll, Carolos, Carolus, Caroly, Carrel, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl, and Caryll.
Foreign variants of Carl include Carlo (Italian), Carlos (Spanish), Kalle (Scandinavian), Karel (Czech), Karlen (Latvian and Russian), and Karol (Czech and Polish). Specific foreign forms include the pet form Kale (Hawaiian), and the variant spelling Karl (German, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic).
Carl is a classic favorite. Today it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1915, 0.751% of baby boys were given the name Carl. Its ranking then was #22. The baby name has since substantially fallen in popularity, and in recent years it is of occasional use. In 2012, its usage was only 0.024% and its ranking #539, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after Charles and Carlos, out of all boy names in its group. In 2012, Charles's use outnumbered Carl's by 14 times. Carl has predominantly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1931, 126 times as many baby boys than girls were given the name Carl.
† Pronunciation for Carl: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Carl:
Astronomer Carl Sagan, born November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996, Brooklyn, New York.
Athlete Carl Lewis, born July 1, 1961, Birmingham, Alabama.
Author Carl Reiner, born 20 March 1922, New York, New York.
Conductor Carl Davis, born October 28, 1936, New York City, New York.
Mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, born 30 April 1777 - 23 February 1855, Braunschweig, Holy Roman Empire.
Poet Carl Sandburg, born 6 January 1878 - 22 July 1967, Galesburg, Illinois.
Psychiatrist Carl Jung, born 26 July 1875 - 6 June 1961, Kesswil, Switzerland.
Trumpeter Doc Severinsen, born Carl H. Severinsen, 7 July 1927, Arlington, Oregon.