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Girl Name: Carly

Name: Carly
Pronunciation: \c(a)-rly, car-ly\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Carly's also a boy name)
Meaning: free man
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Carol
Sounds Like: Carle, Caroly, Carely, Corly
Variant forms: Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carline, Carlita, Carlye, Carlyne, Carlyta, Karlee, Karleigh, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karline, Karlita, Karly, Karlye, Karlyta
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 874

Description

Carly \c(a)-rly, car-ly\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Carly), is pronounced KAR-lee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Carly is "free man". Feminine form of Charles. Also pet or short form of Carla, Caroline and Charlotte. A modern-day shorter version of the forms Carleen and Carlene, which were a product of the 1960s. Singer Carly Simon.

Carly has 22 variant forms: Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carline, Carlita, Carlye, Carlyne, Carlyta, Karlee, Karleigh, Karlene, Karli, Karlie, Karline, Karlita, Karly, Karlye and Karlyta.

For more information, see also the related name Carol.

Baby names that sound like Carly are Carle, Caroly, Carely and Corly.

View a list of the 5 names that reference Carly.

Popularity

Carly is a very popular first name for women (#874 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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