Carnation \c(a)-rna-tion, car-nation\ as a girl's name is pronounced kah-NAY-shen. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Carnation is "flesh". The original colour of the flower was said to be as red as flesh. May also come from English "coronation", which comes from Anglo-French "coroner" meaning "to crown".
Carnation is not a popular first name for women and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)