perfect for a little girl born on Christmas.

Carol was originally a short form of Caroline (see also). It later became used on its own, possibly because of the association with Christmas carols. You occasionally find it for boys, usually spelled Carroll, though, as in the last name. Carroll has a different origin; being an anglicization of the Irish surname Cearbhaill, which comes from a first name derived from cearbh meaning "to hack," possibly a nickname for a great warrior. You sometimes find the spelling Carole-- this is the French feminine form of Carolus, the Latin form of Charles.
See Also: Caroline, Charles

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