Of English and Germanic origin.

Short for Caroline.

Derives from the name Charles.

Carol was also used as a masculine name, a form of the Latin name Carolus.

Carol, in English, means a “folk song” or “popular hymn”.

Alternative forms of the name are: Cari, Carole, Carla, Carolina, Karola, Lina, Ina, Callie, Carry, Charlize.

Famous male bearer was British filmmaker Carol Reed.

Famous female bearers are Carol Channing, Carol Harrison, Carol Potter, Carol Ann Duffy, Carol Burnett.