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Origin & Meaning

The name Carlos is of Spanish , Italian and Portuguese origin.

The meaning of Carlos is "free man, strong".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 117 in baby name popularity for boys with 3402 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Carlos Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Carlos has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Carlos to other names.


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Carlos is a form of the name Charles.

Carlos has the diminutive (nickname) Carlito.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Carlos Torres, Carlos Moya, Carlos Zarate.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Carlos in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Carlos.

Just for fun, see the name Carlos in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Carlos in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Spanish names consist of one or more given names followed by TWO family names. Generally the first surname is the father's first surname and the second is the mother's first surname but this traditional order no longer required. Generally the second surname is only used for formal and legal matters.

Although a child may have only one or two given names for official civil records, they may be given several names when baptized.

Given names are simple such as Juan or composite such as Juan Pablo. Composite names are considered single unit first names and not first and second names.

Parents give names that just appeal to them, honor relatives or saints, or are of traditional Spanish origin.

Many Spanish given names honor the Virgin Mary. Girls are frequently given the name Maria or Maria followed by a suffix name and boys are sometimes given the name Maria as a middle name. Girls with Marian composite names may use the suffix portion of their name as their main informal name. For example Maria de los Angeles, Maria del Pilar and Maria de la Luz, may go by the names Angeles, Pilar and Luz.

Although the first name within a composite name generally reflects the gender of the holder, the second name need not, as in Jose Maria or Maria Jose.