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PronouncedPron.KARL German
KAHL SwedishDanish
KAHRL EnglishFinnish

Meaning & History

German and Scandinavian form of CHARLES. This was the name of seven emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and an emperor of Austria, as well as kings of Sweden and Norway. Other famous bearers include Karl Marx (1818-1883), the German philosopher and revolutionary who laid the foundations for communism, and Karl Jaspers (1883-1969), a German existentialist philosopher.
VariantsCarl German Carl Swedish Carl Norwegian Carl Danish Kaarle, Kaarlo Finnish Carolus Ancient Germanic
DiminutivesKalle Swedish Kalle Finnish
Feminine FormsCarla, Carola, Karla, Karola German Carola, Karla Swedish Karla Norwegian Karla Danish Carla, Carlene, Charla, Charlee, Karlene, Sharla English
Other Languages & CulturesCarles Catalan Carlu Corsican Karlo Croatian Karel Czech Karel Dutch 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


Karl Marx (1882)Karl Marx (1882)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute