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Etymology 1Edit

Shortened from Caroline. Associated by folk etymology with the English noun carol.

Proper nounEdit


  1. A female given name, popular in the middle of the 20th century.
    • 1873 Mary Mapes Dodge: St. Nicholas: A Monthly Magazine for Boys and Girls page 179:
      Carol is fifteen years old and I'm sixteen. Her name is really Caroline, but she hates it and wants to be called Carol - it's so much prettier.
    • 2006 Joyce Winters: Let Your Light Shine →ISBN page 209:
      "Holly, would you mind if I named my little girl 'Holly'? I mean, it's right around Christmas time, and I always think of holly with Christmas. I like the name Carol, too, like Christmas carol. I heard once that the name Carol means 'song of joy'".
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Etymology 2Edit

Shortened from Latin Carolus; also an Anglicization of Romanian Carol, or Polish or Slovak Karol, all cognates of the English Charles.

Proper nounEdit


  1. A male given name.
    • 1899 The English Illustrated Magazine. MacMillan and Co.Item notes V.21, page 295:
      This table shows the curious fact that little Prince Carol of Roumania (who is at once the great-grandson and the third cousin of Queen Victoria) has a better hereditary right to the British Throne than Her Majesty.
    • 1933 Eleanor Farjeon: Over the Garden Wall: Boys' Names:
      What splendid names for boys there are!
      There's Carol like a rolling car
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From English Carol, shortened from Caroline.

Proper nounEdit


  1. a female given name