Karl name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Karl

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from the United Kingdom and agree the name Karl is of German / English origin and means "Kind".
  2. A submission from Sweden says the name Karl means "Male (Gentleman)" and is of German origin.
  3. A user from Iowa, U.S. says the name Karl is of German origin and means "Manly".
  4. A submission from Australia says the name Karl means "A free man someone not a slave" and is of Norwegian origin.
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From German and Scandinavian Karl. A variant of Charles.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.

Karl was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Danish, Estonian, Faroese, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Karl

Notable Persons Named Karl

Karl Marx

Karl Marx was a philosopher. Karl was born on May 5th, 1818 in Trier. He died on March 14th, 1883.

Karl Urban

Karl Urban is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Karl was given the name Karl-Heinz Urban on June 7th, 1972 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Max Weber

Max Weber was a scientist in the fields of max weber, sociology, and chinese philosophy. Max was given the name Karl Emil Maximilian Weber on April 21st, 1864. He left this life on June 14th, 1920.

Karl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz was a president. He was most active from 1945 to 1945. Karl was born on September 16th, 1891 in Grünau (Berlin). He breathed his last breath on December 24th, 1980.

Karl Malone

Karl Malone is a basketball player for the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to 2004. Karl was born on July 24th, 1963 in Summerfield, Louisiana.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors is a fashion designer. Michael was given the name Karl Anderson, Jr. on August 9th, 1959 in Long Island, New York, U.S.

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    Television Presenter
  • Karl Lagerfeld
    Fashion Designer
  • Karl Benz
  • Diedrich Bader
  • Karl Anderson
  • Karl Malden
  • Karl Rove
    Political Consultant
  • Karl Habsburg-Lothringen
  • Karl Ove Knausgård
  • Karl Hanke
    Office Holder
  • Karl Pearson
  • Manila Luzon
    Reality Television Personality
  • Karl Liebknecht
  • Karl Wolff
    Military Person

Notable Persons With the Last Name Karl

Notable Persons With the Last Name Karl

George Karl

George Karl is a basketball player for the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association. George was born on May 12th, 1951 in Penn Hills Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Andy Karl

Andy Karl is an actor and singer. Andy was given the name Andrew Cesewski in 1973 in Baltimore.

Franz Karl

Franz Karl was royalty. He holds the title Archduke of Austria. Franz was born as the child of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, Maria Theresa of Naples, and Sicily on December 17th, 1802 in Vienna. He left this life on March 8th, 1878.

Jonathan David Karl

Jonathan David Karl is a chief white house correspondent for abc news and abc news. Jonathan was born on January 19th, 1968.

Coby Karl

Coby Karl is a basketball player for the Westchester Knicks, →Los Angeles D-Fenders, DKV Joventut, Armani Jeans Milano, Los Angeles Lakers, Idaho Stampede, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and CB Granada in the NBA Development League. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to 2015. Coby was born on June 8th, 1983 in Great Falls, Montana.

Wilhelm Karl

Wilhelm Karl was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1869 to 1928. Wilhelm was born as the child of Wilhelm, Duke of Urach, and Princess Florestine of Monaco on May 30th, 1864 in Monaco. He left this life on March 24th, 1928.


Common last names for Karl

  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Smith
  • Schmidt
  • Schneider
  • Peterson
  • Brown
  • Koch
  • Mueller
  • Meyer
  • Williams
  • Hansen
  • Wagner
  • Klein
  • Nelson
  • Davis
  • Fischer

Common first names for Karl

  • John
  • Mary
  • William
  • Joseph
  • George
  • Edward
  • Frank
  • Robert
  • Anna
  • Helen
  • Elizabeth
  • Dorothy
  • Henry
  • Charles
  • Ruth
  • Marie

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Karl U.S.
  White 91.04% 64.26%
  African American 1.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Karl

People with the last name Karl are most frequently White

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Karl

  • How Popular is the name Karl? Karl is the 646th most popular name of all time. As a last name Karl was the 5,308th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Karl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 101,087 babies born with the first name Karl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Karl to occupy the country of Kiribati with an estimated population of 101,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Karl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Karl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Karl is Wednesday, September 16th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Karl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Karl was in 1960 with a total of 2,591 babies. That's a lot of babies named Karl!
  • Random Karl Factoid: According to the 1938 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Karl ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 37 babies in New Jersey have the same name in 1938.
  • Weird things about the name Karl: The name spelled backwards is Lrak. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lkra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Karl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,564 people with the last name Karl.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Karl? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Karl as their last name.
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