Origin and Meanings of Carly

The name Carly, pronounced KAR-lee, is of Latin origin and is the feminine version of Charles, in English, or Karl, in German and Scandinavian. The meaning of the name is both “free man” and little and womanly. Although it is a forename of its own, it is often a pet name for the names Caroline, Charlotte, and Carla.


Carly is rising in popularity, but it has never made it onto the list of the 100 most popular English names according to the office of national statistics.

Celebrities Named Carly

There are several notable female celebrities named Carly. Carly Simon, an American singer-songwriter, had her greatest success in the 1970’s and is best know for her hit “You’re So Vain.” Carly Rae Jepsen became one of Canada’s most famous singer-songwriters in 2012 with her hit single “Call Me Maybe.” Finally, Carly Rose Sonenclar, an American singer and actress rose to stardom when she placed second in the American version of The X Factor. Carly is also the name of a character on the TV series The Inbetweeners, and also a character on the BBC soap opera, Eastenders.

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