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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Carl
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Carl in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Carl:
Records indicate that 500,006 boys in the United States have been named Carl since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1956, when 8,303 people in the U.S. were given the name Carl. Those people are now 64 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Carl
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6 Positive Comments
"Iam a Carl with Swedish and German ancestors. Remember this is a very special and powerful name. Also, Carl is Swedish and Karl is German. If you are a German with a Swede spelling, people will think you are very cool." Feb. 19, 2017:
"My son's name is Carl. When I named my children, I wanted to give them classic, as short as possible, honouring their heritage and as international as possible names. I think that Carl was the most succesful choyce. This is a short name, known in most of European languages, generally likable like I know, honours my son's German heritage, as my husband and his dad was German and is classic in Germany and here in English-speaking countries as a Charles. I think it is a beautiful name and really fits my son. HIs wife has also a short name, classic, generally likable and feminine, as feminine as his name is manly." Nov. 7, 2015:
"Carl is what I was named, after my grandfather. While growing up, I didnt like the name so much, but as I matured, I realized not many people had this name. Having People spell it Karl kinda got to me, Feeling obligated to correct the spelling. Other names I was called as a child was "Carla, Carlito, Carlos, etc"... But, It doesnt quite bother me now, as Ive grown up, and have a more fun, adult sense of humour. I feel also more powerful, more professional with this name. Im now proud of my name." Apr. 21, 2009:
"We've named our little baby boy Carl about a year ago and we really love that name. It's not only powerful but it also works internationally." Jan. 10, 2009:
"It's unique, yet familiar!! I've had the name for 30 years now, but I don't plan on passing it on. All the Carl's you see on TV are old, black, or the bad guy... I don't care, it's a strong name that I love having!" Mar. 21, 2008:
"My brother's name. My mother wanted something that would sound good for both a little boy and an adult, that wasn't overly common (such as Jason, etc., at the time), and that was "manly" but not overbearing." Mar. 11, 2008:
7 Neutral Comments
"My grandfather, my father, and I share this name. It is the Germanic form of Charles. I'd rather be a Carl than a Charlie!" Apr. 9, 2020:
"Generally a slightly uncommon name that everyone is comfortable with and pronounces correctly, though my Irish grandparents turned it into Car-Oh. Others insist on Car-ul, which is okay, but it is possible to pronounce "rl" without inserting a syllable." Sep. 3, 2018:
"My boyfriend's Carl. Im not sure if I like it haha. Its sounds like a losers name" Jan. 8, 2011:
"My brother's name. He hates it when people spell it "Karl".
^^" Apr. 16, 2009:
"My dear grandfather was named Carl, and my husband and I want to name our first son Carl to honor him. I think it is such an interesting name; it moves from the back of the throat like a rounded sound, and looks just so pretty in print. That, and I loved my grandfather so much!" Jul. 3, 2008:
"My beloved fiance's name is Carl, and I personally think it is one of the most eloquent names ever. From the moment I've heard his name, I noticed that I always loved saying it. It sounds powerful as of royal origin. In fact, I was just on here looking for names for our babies that will sound similar to his." May. 13, 2007:
"My fiance's name is Carl and when I first heard it, I didn't like it. I thought it sounded like something a loser would be named. But the name itself is strong and has grown on me over the years." Feb. 3, 2007:
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