Carl (name)

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For persons with this and similar names, see Carl (disambiguation), Karl (disambiguation), and Charles.
Pronunciation Carl
Gender Male
Word/name Old Norse
Other names
Related names Karl

Carl is a North Germanic male name meaning "strong man" or "free man". The name originates in Scandinavia. The name equates royal status, it is the first name of many Kings of Sweden including Carl XVI Gustaf. It is popular in Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and largely popularized in the United States by Scandinavian descendants. Karl is a Germanic spelling very popular in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and popularized by German speaking descendants in the USA; Anglo-Saxon-Frankish variant Charles popular in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the UK and the United States; Carlo variant name very popular in Italy and southern Switzerland; Carlos variant name very popular in Spain and Hispanic Latin America. Karol variant name in Poland and Slovakia.

List of people named Carl[edit]


(most other Swedish and Norwegian royalty so named - see Carl of Sweden! - are listed on English Wikipedia as Charles)

Carl as a family name[edit]

  • Christian Thomsen Carl (1676-1713), Danish navy officer. Middle name also given as Thomasen, Thomesen, Thomasen, or Thomesen.

Carl as a given name[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

Derived surnames[edit]

The are several derivations of the surname Carl, most of them originating as "son of Carl":

Derived placenames[edit]

Many of these are in reference to Charlemagne. Carolina is named for Charles II of England.

See also[edit]