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Diminutive of CHARLES or CHRISTOPHER. It can also be from a nickname given in reference to the phrase a chip off the old block, used of a son who is similar to his father.
Other Languages & CulturesCarolus, Karl Ancient Germanic Hristofor, Hristo Bulgarian Carles Catalan Carlu Corsican Karlo, Kristofor, Krsto Croatian Karel, Kryštof Czech Carl, Karl, Kristoffer, Christoffer, Kris Danish Christoffel, Karel Dutch Kaarle, Kaarlo, Karl, Kalle, Risto Finnish Charles, Christophe, Charlot French Carl, Christoph, Karl German Christoforos, Karolos Greek Kale Hawaiian Károly, Kristóf, Karcsi Hungarian Críostóir, Séarlas, Christie, Christy Irish Carlo, Cristoforo Italian Christophoros Late Greek Christophorus Late Roman Kristaps Latvian Sjarel Limburgish Karolis, Kristupas Lithuanian Hristofor, Hristo, Risto Macedonian Carl, Karl, Kristoffer, Christoffer Norwegian Karol, Krzysztof, Krzyś, Krzysiek Polish Carlos, Cristóvão, Carlinhos, Carlito, Carlitos Portuguese Carol Romanian Christie, Christy Scottish Karol, Krištof Slovak Karel, Krištof, Karol Slovene Carlos, Cristóbal, Carlito, Carlitos Spanish Carl, Karl, Kristoffer, Christoffer, Kalle Swedish Siarl Welsh


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Entry updated July 2, 2008