Karl - Meaning of Karl
[ 1 syll. kar(l), ka-rl ] The baby boy name Karl is pronounced KAARL (English, German) †. Karl's language of origin is Germanic. It is predominantly used in the German, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic languages.
Karl is a variant spelling of the English, German, and Scandinavian Carl.
Karl is also a German, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic form of the English and French Charles.
Forms of Karl include the familiar form Kalle (Scandinavian, Finnish, and German), and the variant spellings Carl (English, German, and Scandinavian), Karel (Czech, Dutch, and Slavic), and Karle (English).
See also the related form, the German Karlheinz.
Karl is a rare baby boy name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1963, 0.122% of baby boys were given the name Karl. It was #136 in rank then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is of only irregular use now. In 2018, out of the family of boy names directly linked to Karl, Charles was the most widely used.
† Pronunciation for Karl: 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 Karl:
Basketball Player Karl Malone, born 24 July 1963, Summerfield, Louisiana.
Circus Performers Karl Wallendas.
Philosopher Karl Marx, born 5 May 1818 - 14 March 1883, Trier, Germany.
Presidential Advisor Karl Rove, born 25 December 1950, Denver, Colorado.
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, born Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr 21 June 1892 - 1 June 1971, Wright City, Missouri.