Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Karlie

Karlie is one of the several spelling variations of Carly which itself is a more modern repurposing of Carla. Carla is the female equivalent of the German masculine name Karl/Carl (English: Charles). The Germanic “karl” means “free man” so the feminized Karlie would come to mean “free woman”. In ancient times, the Germanic term “karl” signified a “free” man but not one of nobility; i.e., from the same root as the Olde English “ceorl” meaning a “man of low birth, a common man”. In the later Middle High German or Middle English, the terms “karl/carl” evolved its meaning more simply to just “man, fellow, husband”. Despite the rather “lowly” beginnings of this ancient word, many Europeans of high rank bore names derived from Karl/Carl (such as Charles, Caroline and Charlotte). Just as Charlie became a colloquial pet form for Charles/Charlotte, Carla and Carly developed from Caroline. Carly especially found a home as a legally given first name (rather than a nickname) among American parents during the 1980s and 90s (Canadians and Australians like the Carly names, too). Once the name found favor in America, all sorts of “kreative” respellings began to emerge. In fact, Carly is one of the most respelled names on the U.S. charts (11 versions in all)!

All About the Baby Name – Karlie

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME KARLIE

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME KARLIE

The Karlie spelling first appeared on the U.S. charts in 1991 (right around the time that Carly looked like she was headed for the Top 100 list). Karlie rose to low-moderate levels of usage before maxing out around 2005. Today this name is back down at the bottom of the charts – clearly she’s faced with a lot of competition in terms of spelling choices. Carly is in first place, but the ten other forms of this name split up about 70% share of voice: Karlee, Carlee, Carlie, Carley, Karlie, Carleigh, Karly, Karley and Karli (roughly in that order). Karlie is definitely a cute, informal and youthful name. It’s an attractive choice for parents who prefer colloquial, laid-back names over more formal, proper or traditional names like Caroline and Charlotte.

Quick Facts

ON KARLIE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

905

PRONUNCIATION:

KAHR-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Free woman

Characteristics

OF KARLIE

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Karlie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KARLIE

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

Popular Songs

ON KARLIE

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Famous People

NAMED KARLIE

Karlie Kloss (supermodel)
Karlie Redd (hip-hop artist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED KARLIE

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KARLIE

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