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 old German languages 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]