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Quick Facts on Carla

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 858
Simple meaning:
Free woman

Characteristics of Carla

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Carla

Carla is the female form of the German masculine name Karl (the English equivalent being Charles). The Germanic “karl” means “free man” so Carla would henceforth be interpreted as “free woman”. Like John or Alexander, Karl is a name that has given birth to a tremendous amount of linguistic variations and colloquial forms since the early medieval period. For instance, Karl has spawned the following masculine names: Carl, Charles, Carlo, Carlos, Carlito, Charlie, Chuck, Chas and Chip. On the female side, we get the following from Karl: Caroline, Charlene, Charlotte, Charlize and Carla. Carla in turn has been recreated into even more variations (12 altogether on the American female naming charts!). Carla in particular is a popular choice in Spain and Catalonia where she resides on their Top 10 lists of most commonly used female names today. It’s also popular in Chile right now.

Popularity of the Name Carla

Carla made her debut on the American female naming charts in 1926 and very quickly showed promise. For a couple of decades, Carla continued to demonstrate overall gains on the charts until she finally landed herself a spot on the Top 100 list in 1961. The 1960s were by far the best years for this simple German fräulein, although she never got higher than #76 on the list. Her position on the Top 100 would only last for 10 years after she dropped off in 1971. From that point on, Carla is a name that’s been on a consistent decline. We can understand this, though – just look at how much competition she has! There are currently 12 different spelling choices and variations on the American girl’s naming charts today (a little obnoxious). Carly, Karla, Karlee and Carlee are all more commonly used than Carla today. But if you don’t like any of those choices, there’s always Carlie, Carley, Karlie, Carleigh, Karly, Karley or Karli. Karla and Carla keep it simple, in our opinion (and easy to spell without much energy). Carla is also quite a bit more sophisticated and mature than the cutesy Carlee. Carla has that strong, no-nonsense German sensibility without surrendering her femininity. Clara is an anagram of Carla and therefore a great pairing of names for twin girls!
Popularity of the Girl Name Carla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Carla

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Carla

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Carla

    Carla We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Carla.

  • Popular Songs on Carla

    Popular Songs on Carla

    Carla - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Carla.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Carla

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Carla

    Alien Carla (Neil A Hogan) - Kindle edition. Alien Carla, one of the many fun extraterrestrial characters in this metaphysical science fiction and fantasy series for kids, is a news broadcaster. She broadcasts news directly to the minds of people who need it. She has an important announcement to make. Find out more in Alien Carla - Series 1 Episode 7 of the Alien Characters Series. This is a 21 page text-only Kindle version of this science fiction story for children. It is written in a way that makes it easier to read to children at bedtime. It also contains a number of out of this world concepts and some difficult vocabulary to give parents the opportunity for discussing new ideas and explaining new words with their children. This version is ideal for reading to children aged 6 to 10 years.

    Carla and Leo's World of Dance (Agatha Relota) - An introduction to ballroom dancing around the world for budding dance stars. Carla and Leo are ten-year-old best friends who chance one day upon a magical dance school. The dance instructor—the elegant Miss Paulina—invites them on a fascinating journey to Austria, the United States, the Caribbean, Argentina, and Brazil, where they learn about the dances and cultures of each. The most popular dances are all illustrated and explained, from the classic waltz to the foxtrot and swing, from meringue, mambo, cha-cha, and rumba to salsa, samba, and tango. The success of television shows like Dancing with the Stars and a boom in dance schools worldwide attest to the popularity of ballroom dancing. This book will delight all ballroom mini-divas and their parents. 50 color illustrations. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Carla's Cloud Catastrophe (Beth Bence Reinke) - Ever wonder what would happen if clouds fell from the sky? Disaster strikes two hours before Carla's birthday party. Clouds scatter on the ground like giant cotton balls. Papa says, "The weather lady said a tornado knocked the clouds loose." But how can this be? Carla dubs it a cloud catastrophe. 28 pages. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Carla's Famous Traveling Feather and Fur Show (Barry Downard) - Ordinary chickens might be satisfied to peck and scratch and roost in the coop. Not the sassy, stylish Carla! She hatches a plan that will take her from the barnyard to the bright lights—that is, if she can foil the sneaky schemes of four mischievous hens. Is Carla's Feather and Fur Show any match for the Scratch Soul Sisters? Will her road show ever get off the ground? Carla's flight to fame from hammy hatchling to entertainer eggs-traordinaire makes for a hilarious, rollicking tale. Witty, imaginative illustrations add to the fun. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Carla's Sandwich (Debbie Herman) - This charming story presents a new way for young children to understand how to creatively embrace who they are, no matter what others think. Carla’s lunch box is filled with odd delights like the Olive, Pickle and Green Bean Sandwich, the Banana-Cottage-Cheese Delight, and the unforgettable Chopped Liver, Potato Chips, and Cucumber Combo. To Carla, they are delicious and creative lunches, but her teasing classmates are unconvinced and abandon her at the lunch table to eat her bizarre sandwiches alone. One day, however, tables turn when Buster—the worst tease of all—forgets his lunch on the day of the picnic and Carla thoughtfully offers him her extra sandwich. Her own spirited nature helps Carla teach her classmates that "unusual" can actually be good. Lively illustrations help showcase the book's messages of acceptance, tolerance, individuality, and creativity, and the funny plot and authentic dialogue are sure to make this tale a favorite among elementary school children. Carla's creative sandwich solutions provide young chefs-to-be with the inspiration to create sandwich masterpieces of their own. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Adventures of Marco and Carla The Forest of Faces (Shamara S. Davis) - Kindle edition. "Don't go into the forest children", they said. If you go in you may never come out. Marco, Carla, and Sammie find themselves trying to find out what happened to three of Carla's friends who were last seen near the strange Forest of Faces. Little do the children know that what lays in the forest already has its eyes on them. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    The Adventures of Marco and Carla: The Dark Castle (Shamara S. Davis) - Kindle edition. The Adventures of Marco and Carla, will intrigue your young reader and leave them wanting more. Marco and Carla, along with their friend Sammie go off in search of adventure, but sometime adventure comes to them. In "The Dark Castle", the trio find themselves trying to figure out the mystery of the disappearing villagers while all the time, not know that this adventure would send them fighting for their lives. Recommended for ages uncertain.

  • Famous People Named Carla

    Famous People Named Carla

    Famous People Named Carla - Carla Bruni (former supermodel and First Lady of France); Carla Gugino (actress); Carla Zampatti (Italian-Australian fashion designer); Carla Fracci (ballerina); Carla Suárez Navarro (Spanish tennis player); Carla Bley (jazz musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Carla

    Children of Famous People Named Carla

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Carla - Karl Malden (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Carla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Carla - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Carla.

Personality of the Girl Name Carla

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Carla

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