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karl

OTHER SCRIPTS:
russian / ukrainian (Карл)
LANGUAGE FAMILY:
indo-european > germanic > west germanic > german
ORIGIN:
germanic 
NAME ROOT:
*HARJAZ / *CHARJA- > *KARLAZ > KARL (ċEORL)
MEANING:
The name's etymology is a common Germanic noun “*karlaz” meaning "free man", which survives in English as “churl”, Old English (Anglo-Saxon) “ċeorl”, which developed its deprecating sense in the Middle English period. In turn, this name derives from the West Frankish name “Háriolus”, a pet form of Germanic names beginning with “*harjaz / *charja-“, meaning “army, army leader, commander, warrior”. The name took a Romanic influence. The Germanic “H” would be represented by a “C” in Romanic spelling; this is where the “C” or “K” came in. The feminine form Caroline and Carolina derive from “Carolus” which is Latin for Charles (English) from which it also derives Charlotte and its derivates. The name was notably borne by Charlemagne “Charles the Great” and was at the time Latinized as Karolus as “in Vita Karoli Magni”, later also as Carolus. Charles the Great (German: Karl der Große; Latin: Carolus or Karolus Magnus) or Charles I, was the King of the Franks from 768, the King of Italy from 774, the first Holy Roman Emperor, and the first emperor in western Europe since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier.
NAMES DAY:
ESTONIA January, 28
GERMANY January, 28
SWEDEN January, 28

Usage

  • danishdanish
  • englishenglish
  • estonianestonian
  • faroesefaroese
  • finnishfinnish
  • germangerman
  • greenlandicgreenlandic
  • icelandicicelandic
  • norwegiannorwegian
  • old danishold danish
  • old norseold norse
  • old swedishold swedish
  • russianrussian
  • swedishswedish
  • ukrainianukrainian

Related names

VARIANTS
danish
charles, carl, karel, Carlis, Karlis
english
charl, charles, carl, carroll, carrol
estonian
kaarel
finnish
charles, carl, kaarle, kaarlo, karel, Kaaleppi, Kale, Kali, Kallu, Charle, Karlis
german
charl, carl, carel
greenlandic
charles, carl, kaarali, Kallu, Kârale
icelandic
carl, karel, Karles
norwegian
charles, carl, karel, Karlot, Karles, Karlis
swedish
charles, carl, karel, Karlot, Carlis, Charle, Karles, Karlis
FEMININE
danish
carola, charlotte, carolina, karolina, karla, charlize, karola, carlotta, carole, chalotte, charlot, charlott, charlotta, karlotta, karlotte, Sjarlotte
english
carly, charlotte, carolina, carla, carlyn, charlize, charla, sharla, carlene, carley, carlie, karlee, karlene, karly, carole, karle, karli
faroese
karolina, karla, Sjarlotta
finnish
carola, charlotte, carolina, karolina, karla, charlize, karola, carlotta, carole, charlott, charlotta, karlotta, karoliina, Harlotta, Saarlotta, Sarlotta, Sarlotte
german
carola, carly, charlotte, carolina, karolina, carla, karla, carlota, karola, carlotta, charlot, charlotta, Karline
greenlandic
charlotte, karla, karola, charlothe, Sialoorta, Sialôrta, Sikaalutta, Sikallutta, Sikatdlúta
icelandic
charlotte, karla, charlotta, karlotta
norwegian
carola, charlotte, carolina, karolina, karla, charlize, karola, carlotta, carole, chalotte, charlot, charlott, charlotta, karlotta, karlotte, Sarlotte, Sjarlotte
russian
karolina
swedish
carola, charlotte, carolina, karolina, karla, carlota, charlize, karola, carlotta, carole, carlotte, chalott, chalotta, chalotte, chalottha, charlot, charlote, charloth, charlotha, charlothe, charlott, charlotta, charlotten, charlotth, charlottha, charlotthe, karlotta, karlotte, karoliina, karolyne
PET & SHORT FORM
danish
carol, karol, kalle, karli, Calle
english
charlie, carol, chuck, chazz, chucky, CHARLEY, CHARLEE, Charlay, Charlea, Charleigh, CHARLI, Charly, Chas
finnish
carol, karol, kalle, karli, Calle, Kalkke, Kalkko, Kalkku, Kallukka
german
charlie, carol, kalle, kalli
icelandic
karli
norwegian
carol, karol, kalle, Calle
old danish
karli
old norse
kalli, karli
swedish
carol, karol, kalle, karli, Calle

Use in other languages

LANGUAGES
Ancient Germanic - Latinized
karolus, carolus

afrikaans
charl
albanian
karlo
basque
karlos, karlo
catalan
carlos, carles
croatian
karlo
czech
karel
dutch
karel, carolus, carel
esperanto
karlo, karolo
french
charles, Charle
galician
carlos
greek
Károlos
hungarian - magyar
kÁroly
irish
calbhach, cathal, searlás, Cathaoir, Seárlas
italian
carlo
latvian
kārlis
lithuanian
karolis
portuguese
carlos
sami - lapps
kárral, gárral, gearral, Gállá
scottish
cathal
slovene
karel
spanish
carlos
welsh
charles

Geographical spread (only living languages)

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New Age curiosities (only for entertainment purposes)

6
Numerological Values:
6

Number 6 is associated with nurturing, sympathy, balance, civic sense and responsibility. People with name-number 6 place high priority on family. They are also willing to shoulder responsibilities and execute them in the best manner possible.

Chakra Number:
6: The number of the Third Eye "Ajna"

Indigo is the color of the sixth energy centre - your third eye chakra. It is the color that opens the consciousness and brings awareness to higher planes and connects us with the spiritual world. Discover the hidden meanings within this deep blue color.

Color meaning:

The color indigo is the color of intuition and perception and is helpful in opening the third eye. It promotes deep concentration during times of introspection and meditation, helping you achieve deeper levels of consciousness. It is a color which relates to the "New Age" - the ability to use the Higher Mind to see beyond the normal senses with great powers of perception. It relies on intuition rather than gut feeling.

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Notable people and personalities​

Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German Composer
Karl Auerbach, Computer Scientist
Karl Bartos, German Musician
Karl Becker, German Engineer And Officer
Karl Becker, German Painter
Karl Becker, German Philologist
Karl Benz, German Engineer
Karl Blossfeldt, German Artist
Karl Briullov, Russian Painter
Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German Philosopher
Karl Davies, English Actor
Karl Dönitz (1891–1980), German Admiral
Karl Edward Wagner, American Writer, Editor And Publisher
Karl Haushofer, German Geopolitician
Karl Hess, American Comedian
Karl Jaspers, German Philosopher
Karl Kraus, Austrian Writer
Karl Kruszelnicki, Australian Television And Radio Personality
Karl Lagerfeld, German Fashion Designer
Karl Landsteiner, Austrian Biologist And Physician
Karl Lucas.english Actor And Comedian
Karl Malden (1912–2009), American Actor
Karl Malone, American Basketball Player
Karl Marx, Prussian Philosopher, Father Of Communism
Karl Pilkington, English Podcaster, Author And Former Radio Producer
Karl Popper, Austrian/british Philosopher
Karl Power, British Prankster
Karl Rapp, German Engineer
Karl Rove, American Political Advisor
Karl Urban (1972), New Zealand Actor
Karl Virtanen (born 1971), Sweden-finnish Journalist
Karl Weierstrass, German Mathematician
Karl Wendlinger, Austrian Race Car Driver