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 many, see text

Carl is a popular variant of the name Charles. The name originates from the Anglo-Saxon language, and is still one of the most popular names in Germany and Sweden. The name has status as a Royal name in Sweden and the first name of the current Sweden's King.

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]

  • Carl Kolchak, a character from Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Carl Brutananadilewski, a character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • Carl Carlson, a character from The Simpsons
  • Carl Fredricksen, a character from Disney-Pixar's Up (2009 film)
  • Carl "CJ" Johnson, a character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series
  • Carl Normal, a perfectly regular guy in the real-life series My Story
  • Carl Grimes, a notoriously elusive character from the comic/TV series The Walking Dead
  • Carl Denham, a character from the 1933 film King Kong and its 2005 remake
  • Carl Hamilton, a Swedish secret agent of novels by Jan Guillou.
  • Carl Wheezer, a character from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
  • Carl Winslow, a character from the TV series Family Matters
  • Carl Caston, an alter ego of the character Collin from the TV series "Welcome to Studio 54."
  • Carl Bentley, a character from the 1995 film Jumanji
  • Carl Elias, a recurring antagonist from The Science fiction drama Persons of interest.
  • Carl Clover, a playable character in the Blazblue fighting game series.
  • Carl Spackler - possible the most influential character of the 1980's - the groundskeeper from CaddyShack

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]