[ 2 syll. ca-rol, car-ol ] The baby girl name Carol is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced KEHR-ahL †. Carol's origin is English and Germanic, and its use, English. English origin: Its meaning is derived literally from the ordinary word carol. The name has often been bestowed upon children born around the Christmas season.
In addition, Carol is an English shortening of the English, French, and Scandinavian Caroline.
The name Carol is used to a great extent; it has 98 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Caral, Carall, Carell, Carelle, Carey, Cari, Cariel, Caril, Carile, Carill, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carlina, Carline, Carlita, Carlota, Carlyn, Carlynn, Carlynne, Caro, Carolee, Caroleigh, Carolena, Carolenia, Caroli, Carolie, Carolin, Carolinda, and Carolla. Other English forms include the diminutive Carrie, and the spelling variants Carel, Carole (used in French as well), Caroll, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl (used in Latin as well), Caryle, Karol (used in Slavic as well), Karole, and Karyl.
See also the related category season.
Carol is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1945, 2.258% of baby girls were named Carol. It had a ranking of #5 then. The baby name has substantially dropped in popularity since then, and is of only sporadic use now. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Carol, Caroline was the most widely used. Carol has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century. There were 184 times more baby girls than boys who were named Carol in 1965.
Baby names that sound like Carol include Carole, Carrol, Carroll, Caral, Carall, Carel, Carell, Carely, Carill, Carla, Carlee, Carleh, Carleigh, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carliyle, Carly, Carlye, and Carlyle.
† Pronunciation for Carol: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Carol:
Author Carol Collodi, born Carlo Lorenzini 1826 - 26 October 1890, Florence, Italy.
Comedian Carol Burnett, born 26 April 1933, San Antonio, Texas.
Singer Carol Channing, born 31 January 1921, Seattle, Washington.
US Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, born Carol Moseley 16 August 1947, Chicago, Illinois.