Carol, Carroll

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FOR REAL: Originally a boys' name, Carol is a form of Carolus, the Latin name from where we get Charles. Its rise as a girls' name probably started as a pet form of Caroline, influenced by the vocabulary word "carol" meaning a hymn or song. Carroll is an angicization of the Irish surname Mac Cearbhaill, which comes from a word meaning "hacking." It may have been used as a nickname for a butcher or a fierce warrior.

diminutives: Carrie, Cari

related names:Charles, Carolyn, Caroline, Charlotte