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Quick Facts on Carlo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Free man

Characteristics of Carlo

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Carlo

Carlo is the Italian form of Charles, which in turn comes from the Germanic word “karl” meaning “free man.” In Old High German, the term “karl” indicated a “free man” but not one of noble birth – which is ironic given the number of “noble” people that have borne derivations of this name throughout Europe for centuries. Karl essentially comes from the same Proto-Germanic root as the Olde English word “ceorl” which defined a “man of low birth, a common man”. In the later Middle High German and Middle English, however, both terms evolved their definitions to mean more simply “man, fellow, husband”. The Medieval Latin form of the name was Carolus which later evolved into the Italian Carlo and Spanish Carlos. All of the “Charles” names owe their popularity to the Frankish leader and the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne (Latin: Carolus Magnus, or Charles the Great). The name Charles was particularly popular among the Franks, who were a western European Germanic tribe, and big spreaders of Christianity in the Middle Ages. By the 15th century the name was pretty well spread throughout Europe – Charles in England and France, Karl in Germany, Carl in Scandinavia, Carlo in Italy and Carlos in Spain and Portugal. Carlo is still a Top 20 name for bambini ragazzo italiano in Italy.

Popularity of the Name Carlo

Carlo first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 1905 which was during a period of large waves of Italian migration to the United States. In fact, several Italian names began to appear on the U.S. charts around the same time. Ethnically Italian, Carlo is a name that hasn’t ventured too far away from Italian-Americans. It has therefore never been an über-popular choice in the U.S. The Spanish form of Carlos does much better for obvious reasons. Nonetheless, we were surprised to see Carlo fall off America’s Top 1000 list recently. The name was only bestowed upon 173 baby boys in 2012 despite the fact that we’re seeing increased interest in Italian names (Giovanni, Matteo, Dante, Romeo, etc).
Popularity of the Boy Name Carlo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Carlo

  • Popular Songs on Carlo

    Popular Songs on Carlo

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Carlo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Carlo

    Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian (Jessica Spanyol) - In a simple storybook adventure, curious Carlo discovers the joys of the library with the help of a gentle (if toothy) librarian. Carlo the giraffe is making his first visit to the new library. "Wow!" he says when he sees all the books, the colorful posters, and especially the chairs with wheels. But Carlo is a little afraid of the librarian, Mrs. Chinca, with her sharp teeth and claws, until he learns how much she loves books. With bright illustrations and a cheery text, Jessica Spanyol offers preschoolers a spirited introduction to the library — and a really nice librarian. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Carlo Likes Counting (Jessica Spanyol) - A playful celebration of the everyday things in a child’s world—and the fun of finding out you can count them yourself. Carlo the giraffe REALLY likes counting, and he counts everywhere he goes. He counts cups in the coffee shop, squirrels in the park, bears in the toy store, even his mother in the backyard. Jessica Spanyol’s simple text and clever illustrations invite young readers to point, name, and count throughout the day with Carlo. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Carlo Likes Reading (Jessica Spanyol) - "Carlo reads to Crackers the cat. Carlo reads with his friend Nevil. Carlo reads to a baby." Carlo the giraffe likes reading—and wherever he goes, Carlo reads everything he sees: at his house, on the street, in the park, at the market, and, of course, in the library. Jessica Spanyol's simple story and cleverly labeled illustrations invite us to point, say, and read through the day with Carlo—and her bright, fun artwork will appeal to readers and nonreaders alike. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Carlo the Mouse on Vacation (Mrs. D) - A funny story, full of the adventures and troubles of Carlo the mouse, who lives a simple life in a Florida hospital but always dreams of greater things. In this vibrant picture book, a daring mouse takes center stage in an adventure even bigger than his appetite. Carlo has never been outside the four walls of his home and he has one unfulfilled wish--a vacation. In a twist of fate, he unexpectedly finds himself embarking on his adventures and misadventures by accidentally landing inside an open car trunk, catching the wrong bus, and boarding an airplane that takes him halfway around the world to Paris. The shrewd Carlo finds a way to survive the most unusual situations while dodging--or causing--mayhem along the way, touching readers' hearts and making them laugh. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Carlo

    Famous People Named Carlo

    Famous People Named Carlo - Carlo Goldoni (Italian playwright); Carlo Sigonio (Italian humorist); Carlo Cudicini (footballer); Carlo Gesualdo (16th century Italian nobleman and murderer); Carlo Fontana (Italian architect); Carlo Collodi (author of Pinocchio)

  • Children of Famous People Named Carlo

    Children of Famous People Named Carlo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Carlo - Sophia Loren (actress), Vanessa Redgrave (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Carlo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Carlo

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Carlo

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