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Gender: female
Pronunciation: KAR-lah, KAHR-lah, KAR-la
Meaning: free person
Related Names: Carl, Carlos, Carlah, Carlana, Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlena, Carlene, Carletta, Carlette, Carlotta, Carley, Carli, Carlia, Carlie, Carlina, Carlisa, Carlita, Carlla, Carly, Carlyn, Carol, Charles, Karla, Karlla, Sharla, -a(1)

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 455


Name: carla Origin: Old English,, Meaning (no case): free person



The name Carla originates as a female version of Carl or Charles, which both derive from the Old English ceorl meaning “man,” “freeman” or “peasant.” Carla is also a variant of the Germanic Karla, as well as a female version of Spanish or Portuguese Carlos. Additionally, Carla is used as a shortened version of the Old Germanic “Caroline.”


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Carla ranked as the 202nd most popular female first name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names in the 1930s through the first decade of the 21st century.

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names every year from 2000 (404th) through 2006 (501st).

United States Popularity of the girl's name Carla in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:501st
  • Year: 2005 Rank:511th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:469th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:460th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:386th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:421st
  • Year: 2000 Rank:404th


  • “Carla” is a name given to babies of celebrities Bobby Bare, Carl Butler and Karl Malden.
  • “Carla” is the name of a category five hurricane from the 1961 Atlantic Hurricane season.


  • “Carla Espinosa,” played by Judy Reyes, is a fictional nurse on the television comedy Scrubs.
  • “CARLA” is an acronym for the United States Department of Education’s “Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.
  • “CARLA” is an acronym for the computing software “Computer Assisted Related Language Adaptation.”
  • “CARLA” is an acronym for “Computer Assisted Retrieval at Los Alamos.”


  • Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi - French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife, who is an Italian singer and songwriter.
  • Carla Bley – American jazz musician who was a preeminent figure of the 1960’s free jazz movement.
  • Carla Gugino – Film and televison actress who was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” for her work in 2007 drama movie “American Gangster.”
  • Carla Harryman – American writer of poems, essays and plays who teaches at Wayne State University.



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Author: Rich Kachold, +Sabertooth

Facts about CarlaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning free person  +
Meaningnc free person  +
Name carla  +
Origin Old English  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation KAR-lah, KAHR-lah, KAR-la  +
Rank in 2000s 455  +
Related Carl  +, Carlos  +, Carlah  +, Carlana  +, Carlee  +, Carleen  +, Carleigh  +, Carlena  +, Carlene  +, Carletta  +, Carlette  +, Carlotta  +, Carley  +, Carli  +, Carlia  +, Carlie  +, Carlina  +, Carlisa  +, Carlita  +, Carlla  +, Carly  +, Carlyn  +, Carol  +, Charles  +, Karla  +, Karlla  +, Sharla  +, and -a(1)  +
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