Name: Carol

Origin and Meaning of the Name Carol

  • Meaning:
    Free man
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  • Meaning:
    Free man
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  • Meaning:
    Song of joy or praise
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  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (KARE ol)
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Miscellaneous Info for Carol

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Carol was occasionally used as a boys' name in the early twentieth century, but it is almost exclusively feminine today. It may come directly from the Latin "Carolus," or it may simply be a shortened form of Caroline.

    Two examples of it being used as a male name are Carol I and Carol II of Romania.

    Notable female Carols include actress Carol Channing, British TV presenter Carol Vorderman, actress Carol Burnett and poet Carol Ann Duffy.

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Popularity Rank of Carol (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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