Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. KARL(German) KAHL(Swedish, Danish) KAHRL(English, Finnish)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

German and Scandinavian form of Charles. This was the name of seven rulers of the Franks and the Holy Roman Empire. It was also borne by a beatified emperor of Austria (1887-1922), as well as ten kings of Sweden. Other famous bearers include the German philosophers Karl Marx (1818-1883), one of the developers of communism, and Karl Jaspers (1883-1969), an existentialist and psychiatrist.

Related Names

VariantsCarl(German) Carl(Swedish) Carl(Norwegian) Carl(Danish) Kaarle, Kaarlo(Finnish) Carolus(Germanic)
DiminutivesCalle, Kalle(Swedish)
Feminine FormsCarla, Carola, Carolin, Karla, Karola, Karolina, Karoline(German) Karla(Swedish) Karla(Norwegian) Karla(Danish)
Other Languages & CulturesCarles(Catalan) Carlu(Corsican) Karlo(Croatian) Karel(Czech) Karel, Carel(Dutch) Charles, Charlot, Charly(French) Karlo(Georgian) Karolos(Greek) Kale(Hawaiian) Károly, Karcsi(Hungarian) Séarlas(Irish) Carlo(Italian) Kārlis(Latvian) Sjarel(Limburgish) Karolis(Lithuanian) Karol(Polish) Carlos, Carlinhos, Carlito, Carlitos(Portuguese) Carol(Romanian) Karol(Slovak) Karel, Karlo, Karol(Slovene) Carlos, Carlito, Carlitos(Spanish) Siarl(Welsh)
Surname DescendantsKarlsen(Danish) Karl(German) Karlsen(Norwegian) Karlsson(Swedish)


People think this name is

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Name Days

Austria: March 2
Austria: June 3
Austria: August 12
Austria: October 21
Austria: November 4
Denmark: January 28
Estonia: January 28
Germany: November 4
Norway: January 28
Sweden: January 28


Karl Marx (1882)Karl Marx (1882)


Sources & References

  1. Viking Answer Lady Webpage, available from
Entry updated December 7, 2022