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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Karl

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Karl in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Karl:

  • Records indicate that 98,256 boys in the United States have been named Karl since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1960, when 2,595 people in the U.S. were given the name Karl. Those people are now 60 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 Karl

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      9 Positive Comments

  • "Ka rul Always spelled incorrectly. Fairly unique so I like it." Apr. 7, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Karl is my husband's name. His grandparents came over from Austria and have a long last name, so it's a good balance." Apr. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Strong, masculine name. I only like this spelling though." Apr. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Karl is my husbands name. He also always has to tell people that it is Karl with a "K". Everyone automatically spells it with a "C" which we dislike. It is a nice, strong name. We live in the US, but he is from a German family." Feb. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name. I like it, though it's better with a longer surname (his is one syllable). I MUCH prefer this spelling to the C variation. I'm not sure why, but it just seems ... more refined? Of course, he always has to tell people it's "Karl with a K"." Sep. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I adore the name Karl and the boy I like has that name. I'm not a boy, I'm a girl." Jun. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after Karl Marx, i like my name but combined with my surname i have a nightmare of a name to spell and people tend to spell it with a C." Sep. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I'm very happy with it, and wouldn't change it. The spelling with a "K" is different and makes the name a little more unique. My mother is German which is why I was given this name." Jun. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The only trouble comes when it is spelled with a "c". being Norwegian, it makes me cringe. When I found out it means "Strong or Manly Guardian" in old Norse, I really liked it! It also means "Peacekeeper" in Old English!" Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "German for 'Charles' - it's extremely common there" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      3 Neutral Comments

  • "I just met a man named Karl Thomas and I think it is a very strong and handsome name. He is from a German/polish family. He is a strong, hard working man sop I think it fits him perfectly." Nov. 8, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Karl is a boring and undistinguished name. It sounds like a tool or a type of stain you can't get rid of." Jan. 11, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think this name is cool because it is very... i don't know. BUT!!!, I'm Armenian!!" Nov. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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