Karl

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Male Male Name

Usage

Old Norse Old Norse
Old Swedish Old Swedish
Old Danish Old Danish
Denmark Danish
Sweden Swedish
Norway Norwegian
Faroe Islands Faroese
Iceland Icelandic
Finland Finnish
Greenland Greenlandic

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Origin and Meaning

1) Germanic name, short form of Háriolus [1] [2]

2) Later often misinterpreted and believed to be related to Old Norse karl = 'free man' [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Related Names

Kal
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Old Danish Old Norse Swedish
Kall
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Old Norse Swedish
Carl
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Danish Finish Greenlandic Icelandic Norwegian Swedish
Carll Swedish
Charl
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Danish Norwegian Swedish
Karl
Frequency of occurance as female nameFrequency of occurance as male name
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Danish Faroese Finish Greenlandic Icelandic Norwegian Old Danish Old Norse Old Swedish Swedish
Karlh Swedish

See also:
Variant forms:

Pet forms:

Female forms:

Patronyms [What's That?]

Male

Karlinpoika Finland
Karlsen Denmark Norway
Karlsén Sweden
Karlson Norway Old Swedish Sweden
Karlssen Norway
Karlsson Faroe Islands Iceland Norway Old Swedish Sweden
Karlssøn Norway
Karlßøn (17th century) Denmark
Karlsøn Norway Old Swedish
Karlzén Sweden

Female

Karldatter Norway
Karlintytär Finland
Karlsdatter Denmark Norway
Karlsdotter Sweden
Karlsdóttir Faroe Islands Iceland

Combinations

For combinations see KARL (name element)

Grammar

Denmark - Danish
Nominative: Karl
Genitive: Karls
Faroe Islands - Faroese
Nominative: Karl
Accusative: Karl
Dative: Karli
Genitive: Karls
Finland - Finnish
Nominative: Karl
Genitive: Karlin
Partitive: Karlia
Iceland - Icelandic
Nominative: Karl
Accusative: Karl
Dative: Karli
Genitive: Karls
Norway - Norwegian
Nominative: Karl
Genitive: Karls
Sweden - Swedish
Nominative: Karl
Genitive: Karls

Name Days

Denmark Denmark

28 January

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands

28 January

Norway Norway

28 January

Finland (Swedish Language)Finland (Swedish Language) Finland (Swedish Language)

28 January

Sweden Sweden

28 January

Further Information

Pronunciation

  • Swedish: [ˌkɑːɹl]

Earliest Documented Usage

Strongest Period of Usage

Predominant Regional Usage

Namesakes

Trivia

  • Sweden: In January 1973, 321,408 people were named Karl (percentage of first or only given name: 93 %) [12]

Statistics

Name Count per Country (What's this?)

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Country
Commonness
Commonness
Total Female ♀ Male ♂
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
Sweden Sweden[15]
36694 200798 5 22 36689 200776
Finland Finland[16]
n.a.
25721 0 0
n.a.
25721
Denmark Denmark[13]
8284
n.a.
1
n.a.
8283
n.a.
Iceland Iceland[17]
823 1811
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Greenland Greenland[18]
666 2106
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Norway Norway[19]
8168
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
8168
n.a.
  #: count of main first name only
  &: count of both main and additional first names
Name counts are approximate as statistics normally is not published
for names given to less than 3 or 5 persons per country.

 

Recent Statistics Trend

Name statistics for Karl (m) Sources: [15][13][19][16]

Top List Ranking

Name top list ranking for Karl (m) Sources: [20]

Norwegian Historic Statistics Trend

Norwegian historic statistics for Karl (m)

Swedish Regional Distribution

Regional distribution of Karl (m) in Sweden in the year 1880. Swedish Regional Distribution for Karl (m)


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  3. Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2007)
  4. Árni Dahl: Navnabókin (2005)
  5. Hermann Pálsson: Nafnabókin (1991)
  6. Eva Villarsen Meldgaard: Den store navnebog (2004)
  7. Marianne Blomqvist: Vad heter finlandssvenskarna? (2006)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gulbrand Alhaug: 10 001 navn - Norsk fornavnleksikon (2011)
  10. Mannanafnaskrá at island.is, http://www.island.is
  11. Málráðið: Góðkend fólkanøvn, http://www.malrad.fo/ (Name List by Faroese Language Board)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Sture Allén/Staffan Wåhlin: Förnamnsboken (1979)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 © Nordic Names (Swedish Statistics - Regional Distribution)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
  16. 16.0 16.1 Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi
  17. Hagstofa Íslands, National statistics office of Iceland, http://www.hagstofan.is/
  18. Grønlands Statistik, Statistics office of Greenland, http://www.stat.gl/
  19. 19.0 19.1 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no
  20. details see Name Statistic tables