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Origin: Anglo Saxon
Meaning: Feminine of Charles

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Carla

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Carla in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Carla:

  • Records indicate that 146,257 girls in the United States have been named Carla since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1961, when 5,818 people in the U.S. were given the name Carla. 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 Carla

    88% Approval Rating
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      21 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Carla and I find it a wonderful name. Meaning 'Beautiful Woman', my name make me feel happy! :-) To all the people with the name Carla out there, your name should be something you feel passionate about. Never feel lost in the letters of your name. They are there to support you." Jul. 20, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "A few people mistake me for Darla or Carol. Some call me Carlita in Spanish. Most Carla's I meet, spell it with a K. I used to hate my name as a kid, but I'm 50 and proud of being Carla today. Now if I could find it on a keychain or other things, that would be a plus." Jun. 22, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Carla and I'm proud of my name , its a lot easier to have because no one at my school had it. Most people spell my name right but sometimes they spell it with a k and it can be annoying but i love my name .Hey Carlas enjoy your name :)))" Dec. 26, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla and i'm named after my daddy carlos who is a complete moron but I love my name it completes me there is no one else at my school with this name I am one of a kind." Mar. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla I used to hate it but now that I know that so many others have the name I love it❤️" Dec. 3, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love name Carla I would describe it as a name that just shouts cheers and to all people who have the name Carla and don't like it think again!!!" Jul. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla and I am proud of it. Your name no matter what it is special because it belongs to you. I am honored that my parents chose this name for me. BTW I am one of 1961 babies and proud of it." Jan. 7, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Carla Long and Im 14 yrs old, i used not to like my name until I seen there are other girls out there with the same name as me. I used to think my name was ugly because its not like my friends name Juliet, Lillian, or Lorraine. I now love my name and think its special because im named after my Grandpa, Carl!" Dec. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla and I am 41 years old, I never knew so many people had my name. My Dad named me and i dont know where he got my name from. May he rest in peace, i will never know.... I have to accept that he just like the name.... Hey to all the Carla's in the world...." Jul. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my father and I've never met any else with the same name, so I'm special." Feb. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Carla, Its growing on me more and more as i grow up Im 20 now so with any luck ill love it before im 30! lol" Nov. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate


  • "I'm 37 and my name is Carla. I have always like it. Because I'm view by everyone as being very strong, I feel the name suit me perfectly. There no one at my job with the name Carla." Jun. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm the only Carla at my place of business! Named after my father, which makes it special. My sisters, Sabrina and Michele may have the "fancier" names, but I like mine. It's a good strong name and it suits me." May. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "love that it's common enough for people to associate (CAR + LA), yet unique that not EVERY 1 in 5 girls share my name unlike, Jennifer or Christine perhaps. and shame on you for thinking ashleigh & sydney are common names. where the heck do you live?!" Dec. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hated it growing up..wanted to me a normal name like Mary. Love it now at 51." Nov. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named after my grandfather Carlo who was a good man. Also, I like that it's a somewhat rare name and suggests my Italian heritage?" Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is carla i didnt used to like it but now i love it its beter then begenning called becky or something really boring lv carla" Dec. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Carla is my sister's name so I love it. It's so original!" Mar. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am called Carla. I was teased at school because of my name. No one else was called Carla. I didn't meet another Carla until my 20's. Now I live in America no one can understand me when I tell them my name!! But its my name and of course its fantastic just like me." Nov. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Often people miss hear or spell Carla wrong. Think it is a great name to have." Jun. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Karla and I hate it! I think it's too masculine and ugly and when I meet new people I tell them that my name is Emma or Alice, cause that's how I wanted to be named..." Jul. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think its far to masculine and ive always wanted a more feminine pretty name like louise but im used to it now would not recommend through personal experience ." Jul. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Carla is too unique for me. I like common names like Ashleigh and Sydney!" Jul. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      27 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Carla and I love it.i was named after both of my grandpas who were named Chatles.i work as a customer service rep so i have to say my name every time i answer the phone and i get a lot of compliments. I hate it when people spell my name with a k." Oct. 5, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Carla after Hurricane Carla hit Galveston Texas in september 1961 my mother wanted to name something different and she saw the headlines in the local newspaper and chose the the name Carla,I was the only Carla in my classroom and the only Carla when I was growing up.I have also lived up to the reputation of being named after a hurricane LOL" Jul. 29, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla and I really like it! Sometimes I get mistaken for the name Clara ! I was originally going to be named Kaitlyn which I love just as much! I have grown up to know 0 Carla?s except for myself. My mother named me. My nicknames are monkey and bear :) I love those animals I sometimes feel lonely living 10 years on this planet and still not knowing another Carla. A friend with the closest name to me is Kayla! I enjoy my name tho! It?s unique like all names." Jul. 3, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born in 2017 & I named her Carla. There are no other kids we know called this name & that?s why I love it so much! It?s a beautiful, strong name & very unique!" Mar. 24, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla. I am 36 now. Telling someone my full name when I was younger and going to school ties my tongue so I use to hate it. My mom name me after her school friend, said she was very pretty. Now I cherish my name because it grows on me and I just don't care, it's my name who don't like it's their business.🤗" Mar. 22, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla, born in 1993. I live in Brazil, and here Carla is an unusual name. I would hate for my name to be with K. I was surprised that in the USA, Carla is a name from the 60s." Nov. 3, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m a Carla. I?ve always had a love/hate relationship with the name. I love that?s it?s not super common, but really don?t like the name itself. It sounds harsh and outdated to me. My sisters name is Keira and I had always wished I had her name instead- lol!" Oct. 8, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 65 and I have always loved my name. I think it's feminine and its unique without being so unusual. I have always been the only Carla (except the 1st grade) so in that respect it's stands out. I especially love hearing other people say my name. In the end it's the kind of person you are that makes your name special and not the other way around." Aug. 11, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think my name is very fitting with me: strong, independent, takes no BS, smart, but it's also caring and thoughtful. I used to hate it when I was younger but it has been growing on me as I grow older. i'm 27 now and I wouldn't change it. It's not that common anymore and it fits me perfectly." Jun. 30, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name.Carla surname.apparently I was s'posed 2 b a boy called Carl put an A after both n u get me...In England it was gettin more popular but I love saying Curly C carla not a kicking K karla.puts that misspelling 2 bed....Curly C .ova n out" May. 31, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla and I love it. I'm the only person I know called Carla and note with a K! 😺😼👋👋👋" Apr. 6, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is carla and I love it because it?s unique and different to other people?s names I find it quite rare and I?m grateful to be named carla thanks mum 😂❤️" Jul. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Carla and I dislike it. But at nearly 69 years old what can I do about it?" Jun. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have never met anyone name Carla, I'm in Michigan. I never liked my name, and always wished I had a prettier softer name like, Melony or Shayah" Jun. 2, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Carla . I used to wish I was named something softer, but this name suits me. Strong and sassy!" Dec. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like that I dont run into many people with the same name. I was born in the 80s when everyone else was naming their babies Jessica, Jennifer, Lauren or Sarah. My only issue with the name 'Carla' is that its sooooo dated. It screams 1960s." May. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is carla I was named after my dad I didn't realize there was that many Carla's around I got use it it as I got older" May. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is carla, and I think it its a nice, pretty name . It goes nice with the middle name Fern." Jun. 23, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 28 and here, in Indonesia, people are more familiar with Clara, instead. So yes, I often got people addressed me as Clara than Carla, but that's when I feel my name is uniquely different. Even so, I've came across few Carla's in my life and I still feel it's a unique name. Like it a lot!" Dec. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im 27 years old and name Carla. As a kid I didn't like it there were kids who would say my name wrong to tease me. But now I don't mind it. I have met a couple Carla's in my life, one even lives in my town. She's 30 years older then me. Once in a while we run into eachother. "Hi Carla." "Hi Carla" LOL" Jul. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carla Susana! and I love it! I have never met anyone named the same ... I have met a few Carla in my life ... non Karla ..." Nov. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name ..the only thing i don't like is when people spell carla with a k" Sep. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 36 yrs old and have never liked my name. It is not feminine enough. The only thing I like about it is that I am named after my dad, Carl." Mar. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love Carla!!! My daughter's name is Carla, and she is beautiful just like her name! She is five." Nov. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is really rare. always end up being called "carly" or "clara" but i like being different" May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, its slightly unusual without being too unusual" Sep. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I owe my name to my paternal grandfather, Karl Niermann, who did as a German soldier during the Second World War. My parents (in 1983) decided to name me Carla in honour of the great man my grandfather was. I am proud of my name, and think it is beautiful - it makes me feel feminine and strong." Apr. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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