Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Carla

Carla is the female form of the German masculine name Karl (the English equivalent being Charles). The Germanic “karl” means “free man” so Carla would henceforth be interpreted as “free woman”. Like John or Alexander, Karl is a name that has given birth to a tremendous amount of linguistic variations and colloquial forms since the early medieval period. For instance, Karl has spawned the following masculine names: Carl, Charles, Carlo, Carlos, Carlito, Charlie, Chuck, Chas and Chip. On the female side, we get the following from Karl: Caroline, Charlene, Charlotte, Charlize and Carla. Carla in turn has been recreated into even more variations (12 altogether on the American female naming charts!). Carla in particular is a popular choice in Spain and Catalonia where she resides on their Top 10 lists of most commonly used female names today. It’s also popular in Chile right now.

All About the Baby Name – Carla

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME CARLA

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME CARLA

Carla made her debut on the American female naming charts in 1926 and very quickly showed promise. For a couple of decades, Carla continued to demonstrate overall gains on the charts until she finally landed herself a spot on the Top 100 list in 1961. The 1960s were by far the best years for this simple German fräulein, although she never got higher than #76 on the list. Her position on the Top 100 would only last for 10 years after she dropped off in 1971. From that point on, Carla is a name that’s been on a consistent decline. We can understand this, though – just look at how much competition she has! There are currently 12 different spelling choices and variations on the American girl’s naming charts today (a little obnoxious). Carly, Karla, Karlee and Carlee are all more commonly used than Carla today. But if you don’t like any of those choices, there’s always Carlie, Carley, Karlie, Carleigh, Karly, Karley or Karli. Karla and Carla keep it simple, in our opinion (and easy to spell without much energy). Carla is also quite a bit more sophisticated and mature than the cutesy Carlee. Carla has that strong, no-nonsense German sensibility without surrendering her femininity. Clara is an anagram of Carla and therefore a great pairing of names for twin girls!

Quick Facts

ON CARLA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

858

PRONUNCIATION:

KAHR-la

SIMPLE MEANING:

Free woman

Characteristics

OF CARLA

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Carla

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME CARLA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Carla

Popular Songs

ON CARLA

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Carla


Famous People

NAMED CARLA

Carla Bruni (former supermodel and First Lady of France)
Carla Gugino (actress)
Carla Zampatti (Italian-Australian fashion designer)
Carla Fracci (ballerina)
Carla Suárez Navarro (Spanish tennis player)
Carla Bley (jazz musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED CARLA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Carla

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME CARLA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Carla