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

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  • Records indicate that 814,103 girls in the United States have been named Carol since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1946, when 34,210 people in the U.S. were given the name Carol. Those people are now 76 years old.

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      28 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Carol Marie I'm in my 50's. I was named after my father Carl and my Italian great-grand mother Calogera." Apr. 3, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Carol and I love my name. When I introduce myself to anyone, I say Carol as in Christmas Carol hoping that they would remember. I hate when a person asks me if my name is Carolyn or spell it with an e at the end. It's such a beautiful name. I love Christmas and singing Carols and my lovely name. Hope Carol becomes popular again." Feb. 16, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name. Not many people have it which is probably the reason I like it. It's simple and has many spellings and variations." Apr. 25, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother's name is Carol. She loved her name, from what I remember! Only problem was she couldn't stand her middle name, "Ann!" Personally I believe the name 'Carol' is super pretty!" Apr. 14, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name being Carol Ann. I was named for being born on Christmas Day. I named my daughter Carol too even though she was born in July. It's a pretty name and I hope it makes a comeback." Feb. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol (no middle name) and I always thought of it as old fashioned. I'm now 48 and I think it a pretty but simple name, I suppose I'm learning to love it!" Jun. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my mother's brother, Carroll, so I'm told. My father was also a student at the University of South Carolina at the time if my birth, so that might have influenced my parents. I am happy with my name...technically Lydia Carol...but wish it would enjoy a resurgence. Sad that it seems to be dying out." Apr. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is just Carol with no middle name, though most of my friends call me Carrie. When hear some of the awful names babies are given these days, I think how lucky I am to have such a classic, pretty name. I prefer it without an 'e' at the end as it looks prettier in print without. My only objection I have ever had to my name is that it was just too popular in the 1950s when I was born. Sadly it is now officially extinct here in the UK but classic names are gradually making a comeback." Mar. 12, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name, prefer to go by carol lin, it sounds better" May. 23, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know of 2 baby girls named Carol as I type this... A really lovely and classic name. Will be popular again soon... Classic names do stand the test of time and are cyclical." Mar. 8, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol middle name Mary I was born in November I never meet another carol until I dated his mum was also carol also a neighbour is called carol there isn't many of us about growing up kids called me Christmas carol or farel carol when I was 18 I meet my husband we married and on are wedding day guest thought it was funny as my hubby is called Jon Joseph and I'm carol Mary so marry and Joseph xx" Jan. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol Jean. My dad named me and he dated a Carol before my mom and loved the name! Good thing my mom was never jealous lol. Also Jean was his" Dec. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol Lee and I am 79 yrs. old. Any time I meet a Carol, she is in her 60's or 70's, so I guess the name was never popular again. I have always like my name." Sep. 26, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Carol Ann, after an older cousin with the same name. My sister was named Carrie Lynn. I wished my Mom would've used Carol Lynn and Carrie Ann instead. and I though they were too similar because I learned Carrie was a nickname for Carol. but anywas, despite all of this I still love my name." Jun. 23, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carole (with the "e") and when I was a kid, I hated the extra "e" because all of the toothbrushes, combs, etc, were spelled "Carol" and that's just not my name! I wanted to be able to have a cute little license plate on my bike with my name like all of my other friends, but couldn't. But, now I like the "e" - to me, it looks unfinished without it. I hate how the people at Starbucks always think my name is Cheryl or Karen (I hate those names) so I often say "Cara" and some people call me Cara. My family calls me Ca (with the "a" having the same sound as in Carole but a little longer). It's super cute!" May. 7, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Carol Elizabeth and I am fine with it. 3 Carols in my 3rd grade class (1966) and now it is unusual." Mar. 8, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I would assume that my mother named me Carol because I was born around Christmas. It was also a popular name back in 1950s. I like what my name means, and I think I live up to that for the most part. I wish my name had an "e" at the end. The cool part is my middle name is Elizabeth, so sometimes I attach the "e" to the end of my name to represent my middle initial. I have met only a few people with my name over the years. Most have been around my age or older. It's ironic that my daughter-in-law's middle name is Carole, as is her mother's middle name, which means my grand-daughter is lucky enough to have my middle name, complete with the "e." And that makes me VERY happy." Feb. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol Anne. I was called hat until I went to grade school with another Carol Anne whose mother happened to be of stronger voice than my mother. She informed us that her daughter would be called Carol Anne and I was to be called Carol :( Sad for me...I like both together, just "carol" seemed so plain. I do love my name for the originality of where it came mother's FATHER was Carroll William and my father's mother' middle name was that makes me feel special." Mar. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name & how I got it. It's fairly unique yet classy. How I got it: I was going to be Nancy until I became a Christmas baby. Then my parents went all-in with Carol Joy! If someone acknowledges difficulty remembering names, I give them a brief name association synopsis. Also has aided to being remembered on my birthday! (Aside, since everyone asks: No, I don't get less presents; interestingly more people seem to remember. Major plus was no school or work on my b-day, everybody is celebrating!)" Mar. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol, Carol Ann. I love my name. I'm turning 23 this December. I love how no one else has my name. It has a charming vintage flair. I hope I can live up to its charm and sweetness." Nov. 6, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, My name is Carol, My father chose this name. I am the 7th child of a 7th child, born on the 7th day of the week. I am the 7th animal of the zodic (the horse) out of 12 animals invited in by Buddha. I was born on the 12 day of the 12 month of the year and am one of a family of 12. I am also 1 of 7 girls out of 10 children in our family of 12. I love my name. It is joyful and people do not remember it at first but I seem to leave good mark at times and then am never forgotten or sought after." Sep. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always liked my name, but I thought there were too many in school with me. I agree with the last comment, you can't shorten it. It's there." Aug. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it cuz its my name! It means Song of Joy..." May. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "mai name is carol and nobody pronounces ma name wrong and love my name because im named after my favourite aunty so yurr" Nov. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Classy, Feminine, Intelligent, Thoughtful, Sincere, Attractive" May. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's a great name! Sometimes people add an e to the end of it-- Carole--but either way, I think it's a classy name. It's a common name for December babies, which I am, and a firend of mine also is." Apr. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name....can't mispronounce it, no one asks you to spell can't shorten it...don't meet many others with the name..It has worked well for me! A real Classic!" Mar. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name because for my age group it's uncommon, and therefore I always felt "special" for having such a pretty name. I'm musical as well, and the meaning fits me." Feb. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "This is my name and all through school I spelled it Karyl and I was able to deal with it. But now that I am older I spell it normal. I still wish I had changed the legal spelling." Jul. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 21 and I have never liked my name. I think it is old-fashioned and outdated. If anyone is thinking about naming their daughter Carol, I would rethink it." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm actually thinking this name is missing something. It needs a Lynn. CaroLynn. But then again there's already a Carolyn for that hehe..." Jul. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      35 Neutral Comments

  • "I am 73 years old -- Carol Ann. As a child, I appreciated that Carol didn't lend itself to a nickname." May. 1, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 31 so to me Carol seems out dated.. I always joked with my dad that I was such a bad teenager because when I introduced myself people would tell me it's an old lady name, so I had to work extra hard to be cool 🤷🏼‍♀️" Nov. 12, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate my name !! I rather go by my middle name, it?s funny because both my parents use both their middle names as a first name." Sep. 9, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was not a Christmas baby, or conceived at Christmas, so I have no idea why I was named Carole. My middle name is Ann, which should have had the 'E'(Carol Anne) but my dad got muddled at the registrar! He forgot to register my brother's middle name completely. I've never liked my name because it can't be shortened. At 11, I wanted to be a Christina, so that I could be called Chris when I wanted to do 'boy' things. I choose to introduce myself as Caz these days. I like that Carol(e) means Song of Joy though - I didn't know that until I read a previous comment." Jul. 19, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 68 now, but when I was in elementary school there was a boy in my class named Carol, but I think his name had two L 's at the end. This was enough to turn me against my name since a boy could also have it. I also always thought it was a plain boring name. In third grade I changed it to " Kitty". I liked the name Kathy at the time, but the proper nic name for Carol was " Carrie", I didn't like that either, so " Kitty" has stuck to me to this day. I still have Carol on my marriage certificate and driver's liscense though." Apr. 12, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?ve always liked my name, and was pleased not to have a middle name as I?d mostly heard it joined with Ann which wouldn?t suit me. I dislike it when people add an E on the end, and always think of it as ?Caroleee?! I like the plain simplicity of Carol. Hadn?t really thought about it before, but of course I?ve never met a younger Carol. I was born in November 1952. It?s been fun reading all the other comments here!" Jan. 24, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kind of like my name. Am 55 years old and seems way more unique than all the other names out there now.. probably because a lot of us have died already lol" Feb. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol Lynn, i was born in 1960. I don't know why my parents choose that name. In elementary school I remember 3 girls with the name Carolyn" Oct. 11, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol and middle name Dee! I love my name....My Dad made up a song for each one of his 4 children! My was ? I?m in heaven when I see you smile, smile for me Carol Dee... I cry a little every time I remember him singing it to me! Love and miss you Dsddy and Momma!♥️" May. 3, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol Susan I was name after my dads cousins when I was young people would say to me were you born at Christmas I would say no but my dad would say no she was made at xmas as I was born Sept .the 7th child of ten" Jan. 18, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carole, with an e, the Dr. suggested I be named Carole because I was born on Christmas Day! My mom was so out of it from delivering she nodded her head, and the name got put down on my birth certificate. My mom wanted my name to be Corrine, so Corrine became my middle name instead of first. Thanks Doc!!" Jan. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol Christine, I don't know anyone else who has the name Carol with that middle name. I like my name and now that I'm in my 60's everyone calls me Christmas Carol. I hope the name gets popular again . Would love to see babies named Carol" Dec. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol Sue and I was born in the late 1950s. I feel like I?ve outgrown my name, but it?s so tied up in my identity that I tolerate it. I was a professional singer so it is rather cool than it means joyful song." Oct. 16, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name but didn't for a long time because of Carol Burnett. Lol. because she was a comic and always contorted her face. I wanted to feel like my name was sexy but on tv back in the day, all the secretaries were named Carol. If those associations weren't there, I would've loved my name then. I love it now though. It feels very light and simple and pretty. The rol at the end gives it a cool edge that makes it feel hip and vintage. I think it should make a come-back. I love my name now and men really do love to say my name!" Nov. 18, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Carol. I was born near Christmas and therefore, I am "Christmas Carol"!!" Sep. 16, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol, middle name Ann. It's my grandmothers middle name. I always liked being a Carol, it's unique enough that in school there weren't 7 in a class, like Jennifer in 5th grade, but not off the wall unique. I'm in my mid 30's and I've met very few others, but that's ok with me. I do enjoy Christmas time where "Carol" pops up a lot! Oh! And it ALWAYS irritated me when people would spell my name with an 'e' wouldn't mind the 'e' on the end of Ann though..." Sep. 14, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name and glad it's not a name I don't like. Also glad it's not something stupid like Chardonnay or Chelsea." Aug. 3, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "i hate it. I'm 16 years old and all my life my friends and their moms would say "wow, never met a young carol!" so annoying." Apr. 24, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Carol Jean. I like my name, but have never met anyone younger than me that has the name of Carol." Feb. 15, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never until recently have ever had anyone ask me how to spell my name. They ask if its with a K. Anyway, I don't really like the name as it seems dated and blah to me. My nickname growing up was Ceecee. I like Caroline more." Jan. 5, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol with the middle name of Melinda. I never liked it after when i found out a boy in my classroom at elementary school had the same first name, just spelled a little differently. I always thought of Carol as a very plain name, even boring, so decided to change it at an early age. I thought of the proper nic name which is " Carie" , but didn't want that either, so I chose " Kitty" instead. I still go by " Kitty" now at age 63, but keep Carol on all of my legal documents." Dec. 29, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love how my parents paired it with a slightly different middle name. My name is Carol Annette." Oct. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always thought I liked Caroline better, but I'm older now and have grown into my name. My parents told me that I was named after one of my dad's old girlfriends. They both liked the name that much!" Sep. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Carole mum said the E was added because I'm not a Christmas carol born in may" Jul. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. Its. spelled Carol (pronounce Kah-rol) Its classic. Men love the name!" Mar. 1, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name carol and chose it to be my middle name because i didnt have one my mum couldnt decide what went with michelle,but in 1972 i added it and i think it sounded o.k." Nov. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "It took me years to feel comfortable with my name. The only thing I really have against it is that it is now very dated. I was once delighted when staying with friends in France and we visited a family whose 15 year old was also called Carol. I wish it would become fashionable again. My middle name is Ann but I wish it had been hyphenated as in Carol-Ann. I quite like it when people on Facebook call me that, as I have both names on my profile!" Nov. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name was written as Carol on my birth certificate. However my father's German relatives objected to tbe spelling and insisted it be spelled the correct old Germanic way. So my parents applied for a corrected spelling birth certificate and it was changed to Karyl legally. I love the corrected spelling. --Karyl" Jun. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Have jou ever been to ikea. well they have it too. And it's allowed to make piterucs in these scandinavian(swedisch)megastores.hihihi I don't have to tell you, where you can find it!!" Jul. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carol-Ann and I love being double-barrelled. I was born on the 12th of December and the doctor suggested that my mother name me Carol. Not to be outdone, she added the Ann." Jan. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always liked my name. (You could do a lot worse.) I never thought it had a nickname until a male friend started calling me "Carol-Carol" when I was 33, and I liked that. I see I was born in the year of the very most Carol baby girls....ever! Never knew that. I don't think of it as an old-fashioned name, though I suppose young people probably do. I would secretly like one of my kids to name one of my grandchildren with Carol as a middle name. My middle name is MY grandmother's name, and that always made me feel good, even though she was already gone by the time I was born." May. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always wished my name were Caroline instead of Carol. There's some historical precedent because my father's grandmother was a Caroline, but there were no Carols in the family. The thing I dislike most about my name is that it was SO popular in the 1940s and 1950s and has been less so since. So, people can always tell how old I am from my name." Jan. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name as it often gets remembered by a Christmas Carol. I have met lots of other women around my age named Carol. I have had no problems with my name or anyone trying to spell it. Which makes it easy." Jul. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name! The only time I get frustrated with it, is when people ask me how to spell it!" Sep. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Even if the name Carol is quite old fashioned,it's not a hideous old lady's name like Bertha and Gertrude." Mar. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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