GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: KAHRL (German, English)   [key]
Meaning & History
German form of CHARLES. Two noteworthy bearers of the name were the German mathematician Carl Gauss, who made contributions to number theory and algebra as well as physics and astronomy, and the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, who founded analytical psychology. It was imported to America in the 19th century by German immigrants.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Karl (German), Karl (Swedish), Karl (Norwegian), Karl (Danish)
DIMINUTIVE: Kalle (Swedish)
FEMININE FORMS: Carla, Karla (German), Karla (Swedish), Karla (Norwegian), Karla (Danish), Carla (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Carolus, Karl (Ancient Germanic), Carles, Carlos (Catalan), Karlo (Croatian), Karel (Czech), Karel (Dutch), Kaarle, Kaarlo, Karl, Kalle (Finnish), Charles, Charlot (French), 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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