[ 2 syll. car-los, ca-rl-os ] The baby boy name Carlos is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced in Spanish as KAAR-LowS †. Carlos is largely used in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, and its origin is Germanic.
Carlos is a Spanish variant of the name Carl (English, German, and Scandinavian).
Carlos is also a Portuguese and Spanish variant of the name Charles (English and French).
Carlito (Portuguese and Spanish), Carlitos (Portuguese and Spanish), Lito, and Litos. See also the related forms, Decarlos, José Carlos (Spanish), and Juan Carlos.
Carlos is popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1900s up to the 2000s; before that, it was of occasional use only. Its usage peaked modestly in 2001 with 0.331% of baby boys being given the name Carlos. It ranked at #59 then. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.198% and its ranking #95, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Charles, among all boy names in its group. In 2012, it was used 73% more than Carlos. Carlos has in the past century been mostly given to baby boys.
Baby names that sound like Carlos include Karlos, Carles, Carless, Carlis, Carlus, Carlys, Corlass, Corleigh, Corless, Corlis, Corliss, Corlys, Corlyss, Curleigh, Karlik, Karlis, Karlícek, Karlus, Carilao, and Carolus.
† Pronunciation for Carlos: 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)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Carlos:
Actor Charlie Sheen, born Carlos Irwin Estevez, 3 September 1965, New York, New York.
Author Carlos Castaneda, born 27 April 1998, Cajamarca, Peru.
Guitarist Carlos Santana, born 20 July 1947, Autlan de Novarra, Mexico.
Politician Carlos Lage, born Carlos Lage Davila, 15 October 1951, Havana, Cuba.