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Origin: Spanish
Meaning: Crimson or Red

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Carmen

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

A few facts about the girl's name Carmen:

  • Records indicate that 132,467 girls in the United States have been named Carmen since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1960, when 2,435 people in the U.S. were given the name Carmen. Those people are now 60 years old.

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    Comments about the name Carmen

    81% Approval Rating
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      17 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Carmen, and as simple of a name as it is, I have always somehow loved it. I think mostly because it is unique and I didn't have to share my name with anyone else at school. I pitied those who did. I have no Hispanic heritage but was named after Berlioz's opera. As a musician and what everyone knows me for, I love that the name means "a song" !!" Nov. 4, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carmen. I used to hate it as a kid but now I love it. I don?t usually come across anyone with the same name but I do get told that it?s either someone?s mom or grandmother?s name." Jul. 10, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carmen, I love it! No one ever pronounces it wrong or spells it wrong, and I don't mind about the lack of nicknames :) my sister calls me 'Car'anyway" Oct. 1, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never liked my name growing up but I love it now that I?m an adult! I like that it?s uncommon but people have heard of it before. The character Carmen in the opera was a badass babe and so was the cartoon character Carmen San Diego and it?s really cool to have the same name as two badass women like that. Plus if you google the name Carmen, every famous women with the name is a gorgeous actress or model. And I?ve also noticed in person that gorgeous women always have this name. I?ve heard that it?s becoming more popular these days with the hipster crowd as a lot of them are naming their daughters Carmen because they know how cool it is. But I hope this isn?t the case because I don?t want it to become too trendy!" Aug. 31, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carmen, and I think it is amazing and it is a strong and unique name to me" Feb. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "If I have a daughter I will use this name, however, I will spell it Karmann because my husband's favorite car is his Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Beautiful name wiyh a personal meaning" Sep. 26, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Carmen but spelled Karmyn. I think the name is absolutely beautiful. I just pray she will like it when she gets older." May. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carmen also. I also never met another Carmin till high school and her mother had heard the name because of me. She spells it in... Still never met anyone in person w same spelling. I think it suits me. One of a kind." Jun. 3, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always loved my name. Kids used to sing "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego" but it never bothered me too much. I liked that I didn't know anyone else growing up with the name until high school. I always felt special. Definitely not like all the "Ashley's," "Amanda's,"and "Jessica's" at the time." Dec. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Another Carm here! I was raised in Canada and felt I was the only one in the world. They would call me CARMELITA though because I was a kid and I liked that! Never thought I go with Carmen, but after the age of 11 my sis called me Carmen /kar-min/, then we moved to Spain where everyone calld me Carmen /KAR-men/. I grew to love it. Before there were lots in Spain. Now not so much. It's powerful, feminine, not a sissy name! I want it for my daughter (7 months preg), but DH thinks two Carmens in the house is confusing. :.(" Apr. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mommys name<3 i love the name & of corse my mamaaaa<3" Jul. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Think Carmen Is A Great Baby girls Name If you Are Going to Have a Baby Name it Carmen Or Any Name You Liked . I Love The Name Carmen Too Or Mary Or Chelsea . I Know But Its Your Cholice" Apr. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Carmen and I think it's absolutely beautiful. At a time when everyone is naming their daughters Emma or Sophia she will at least be the only Carmen in her class. My daughter is a fiery outgoing little girl and Carmen fits her perfectly." Feb. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carmen, after Carmen Miranda - just because my parents liked the name. I'm glad they chose it for me... because it's not hugelyly common and also not freakishly unusual. Family & friends call me Carm. Sometimes people spell it "Carman"." Feb. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Carmen after my grandma who was named Carmen after the opera. I like it... though it's an extremely common Hispanic name, it's exotic to non Hispanics. But it's extremely irritating when people think it's a boy's name! It's not! If there was a Hispanic male named Carmen, he would definitely be laughed at." Dec. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Carmen is my mums name. Its also my grandmothers name..they are both from spain so i guess thats where it comes from. I like it, but i dont think my mum does" Nov. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi another Carmen here. I love the way my mother pronounces my name Car-Men. It really does suit me and I am proud to have it. when she was angry with me it literally looked like this CAR-MEN. Well that's about all an a big hi to everyone from Jersey in the Channel Islands, laters Carmz :o)" Nov. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Carmen and I don't like it because it's bland and it doesn't have any nicknames." Jan. 6, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Carmen its my name and i Hate it! well people with this name have a strong character we dont put w crap.. but the name its tooo strong.. i always go by my second name!" May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sorry don't like the name Carmen. It sounds masculine. CAR-MAN" Mar. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know a lady named Carmen, she is like 77 yrs old. She's really rude." Nov. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Carmen I didn?t like it for ages and now I?m starting to like it when my sister was little she used to call me Car Car and my friends and some of my fave teachers call me Carms which I love and it has so many nice meanings the only thing I get annoyed about is when a few people spell my name wrong either Carmin or Carman 😂❤️" Jul. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "in my opinion i think it sounds plain. I wouldn't say i hate it but i wouldn't say i love it." May. 22, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Karmon, I've never seen anyone else spell it this way. I also have a friend whose name is Carmen. I love my name and the uniqueness of how it's spelled. If anyone else spells it like this please share..." Feb. 15, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carmen. I'm spanish so I know a lot of people named Carmen as well. I didn't like it at all, but I like it now. It means garden, song, red... I don't think it's a male name, i've NEVER known a boy named Carmen. I pronunce it Car-Men. And there's a Lana del Rey song named Carmen and I really like it haha. But people make fun of me because it has the world car and men in it so they say i'm a transformer huh. But i'm glad people outside spain has it, because i thought only spanish people knew that name :)" Apr. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Carmen, after her great-grandmother (we are in the UK). I (of course) love the name and picked it because I am not so keen on feminine, frilly, polysyllabic names ending in 'a'. It's trenchant, more unusual but not poncey, it has family significance (both us parents are partly Spanish) and although it is Spanish everyone can spell and pronounce it without asking." Feb. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "another carmen from canada here ahh i've put up with enough torment as a kid and i still don't really like this name... just doesn't suit me things i've been called: carman, karmen, carrottop, carmen san diego, and carmen eggo waffle (cause it rhymed with carmen san diego)..." Aug. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of my best friends spells her name Carmin. It's pronounced the same. I think both names are beautiful!" May. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Carmen.It's cool to know that my name can also mean Crimson or Red (i love those colours :] ) . When i was little, people would always think of Carmen as a male name, because it consists of the words "car" and "men". It was kind of anoyying hearing people making fun of my name and i had wished i could rename myself. But now, i love my name and i find that it suits me very well :)" Dec. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Carmen. This website notes that the meaning of the name is "Crimson or Red." In other places, we have seen the meaning of the name listed as "Song." Carmen is a family name (my husband's grandmother), but we also liked the idea of calling her "our little song"." Aug. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "even though this claims that Carmen is popular people still seem to not get Carmen...juswt everything else out of it. i've only met one other lady with the same name as mine. i like how its not a name you get a ton of" Aug. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "surprised no one has commented yet. anyway i like this name ok. its too masculine to be for a girl and too feminime for a babe. but w/e not my choice i will name my daughter noel and son philip." Jul. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "carmen is my brat like sisters name but you gotta love her!" May. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Carmen is too pretty to not to want to name your child. It is a very beautiful and unique name and should be used more instead of Ashley, Jasmine, Kayla, Michelle, Kelly, Chelsea... and the list goes on. People should consider this name more often." May. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "sounds to tomboyish. but i think it's cute for a baby" Feb. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "ok... im a carmen.. and its kinda annoying because people will spell it carman, carmin, carmon... but i like how its not a popular name but my male teacher is named carmen so theres jokes about that.. and im not 100 percent sure how u pronounce it.. is it like carmin... because thats how i say it.. and im not usually called carmen.. everyone just calls me car...but over-all... its AWESOME..." Jun. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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