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Karl (also Carl) is a variant of the given name Charles. For origin and meaning see Churl and Charles.

Karl may refer to:



Karl as first name[edit]

Karl as surname[edit]

In myth[edit]

  • Karl (mythology), in Norse mythology, a son of Rig and considered the progenitor of peasants (churl)
  • Karl, giant in Icelandic myth, associated with Drangey island


  • ST Karl, Swedish tugboat requisitioned during the Second World War as ST Empire Henchman

Other uses[edit]

  • Karl, Germany, municipality in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Karl-Gerät, 600mm German mortar used in the Second World War
  • Mörser Karl, a series of German 600mm mortars designed to bombard heavily fortified positions during World War II
  • KARLProject, an open source knowledge management system
  • Korean Amateur Radio League, a national non-profit organization for amateur radio enthusiasts in South Korea

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