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Origin and popularity of the name KARL


Karl : German: from the German personal name Karl from Old High German karl ‘man husband freeman’. The popularity of this name and its cognates in central and northern Europe was greatly enhanced by its status as a royal and imperial name; in particular it was bestowed in honor of the Frankish emperor Charlemagne (about 742–814; Latin name Carolus Magnus). This surname is also found in some other European countries e.g. in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine) Czechia and Croatia but is relatively rare there. See also Carl and Charles.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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