Karel (given name)

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Karel
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Common Germanic
Meaning Free Man
Region of origin Dutch, Czech
Other names
Nickname(s) Karlík, Karlíček, Kája, Kadluška
Related names Charles, Carl, Karl, Carol
Popularity see popular names

Karel /ˈkɑːrəl/ is a given name in Dutch and Czech, equivalent to Charles, meaning Free Man.

Among the Czechs[edit]

The name Karel (and its diminutives, Karlík, Karlíček, and Kája) appears frequently among the Czechs. In 2006, 124,784 Karels lived in the Czech Republic, making the name the thirteenth most popular Czech name.[1] Between 1999 and 2002, the number of Karels in the Czech Republic dropped by 2.7%, and the name dropped out of the twenty most popular newborn child names.[2]

Famous Czechs with this given name include the poet Karel Hynek Mácha and Karel Řezáč, the journalist Karel Havlíček Borovský, the writer Karel Čapek (after whom the Karel programming language was named), the composer Karel Husa, and the singer Karel Gott.

The feminine version of the name, Karla, (diminutive Karlička) is infrequently used.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Most frequent Czech male names" (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Comparison of Czech newborn child names between 1999-2006" (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2007-12-07.