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PronouncedPron.KARL German
KAHL SwedishDanish
KAHRL English

Meaning & History

German form of CHARLES. Two noteworthy bearers of the name were the German mathematician Carl Gauss (1777-1855), who made contributions to number theory and algebra as well as physics and astronomy, and the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961), who founded analytical psychology. It was imported to America in the 19th century by German immigrants.
VariantsKarl German Karl Swedish Karl Norwegian Karl Danish
DiminutiveKalle Swedish
Feminine FormsCarla, Carola, Karla, Karola German Carola, Karla Swedish Karla Norwegian Karla Danish Carla, Carlene, Charla, Charlee, Karlene, Sharla, Carly English
Other Languages & CulturesCarolus, Karl Ancient Germanic Carles Catalan Carlu Corsican Karlo Croatian Karel Czech Karel Dutch Kaarle, Kaarlo, Karl, Kalle Finnish Charles, Charlot French Karolos Greek Kale Hawaiian Károly, Karcsi Hungarian Séarlas Irish Carlo Italian Sjarel Limburgish Karolis Lithuanian Karol Polish Carlos, Carlinhos, Carlito, Carlitos Portuguese Carol Romanian Karol Slovak Karel, Karol Slovene Carlos, Carlito, Carlitos Spanish Siarl Welsh


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute