Name Carlos Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Carlos


Carlos is a ♂ boy’s name.

What is the origin of the name Carlos?

Carlos is a Spanish and Portuguese variant of Charles, which derived from the Old Germanic name Carl.

What does the name Carlos mean?

Carlos means “man” (from Germanic “karal”), “free man” (from Middle Low German “kerle” or Germanic “karlaz”) and “warrior”, “army” (from Old High German “heri”).

Variants of the name Carlos

There are many different variants of the name Carlos in several languages. In English and French, it is Charles. A Finnish form is Kaarlo, a Croatian one Karlo and Latin one Carolus. In Polish and Romanian, Carlos is called Carol, in Dutch, Czech and Slovenian it is Karel, in Sorbian it’s Korla and Hungary people say Károly. An Italian form of Carlos is Carlo whereas in Greece, it is Karolos. The Welsh Carlos is called Siarl and the Irish one Séarlas.
A female form of Carlos is Carla.

Nicknames for Carlos

There is a variety of possible nicknames for Carlos, they range from cute to cool. Most popular are Cal, Cally, Carlito, Carly, Charly, Chuck, Carlo and simply C.

Carlos as a middle name

Carlos as a middle name is often paired with a Spanish, Portuguese or Mexican first name. Most popular first names are Andres, Benito, Don, Juan, Ben, Camilo, Manuel, Eduardo, Leon, Alberto, Fernando, Roberto, Diego, Ernesto, Arturo, Jose, Beymar and Luis.

Famous people named Carlos

  • The American actor Charlie Sheen was born as Carlos Irwin Estévez (born 1965) and is especially popular for his role in the sitcom “Two and a Half Men”.
  • Spanish Formula 1 pilot Carlos Sainz Vázquez de Castro (born 1994) is only called Carlos Sainz junior. His father Carlos Sainz senior, born 1962, is two-times world-champion rallye-racer.
  • The real name of the actor and martial artist Chuck Norris is actually Carlos Ray Norris, born 1940.
  • Singer, dancer and actor Carlos Pena (born 1989) was part of the “Big Time Rush” project.
  • Carlos Santana (born 1947) is the famous guitarist of the Latin rock band “Santana”.

Fictional characters named Carlos

  • Carlos Oscar De Vil, played by Cameron Boyce (1999 - 2019), the son of Cruella de Vil, is a main character on Disney’s “Descendants”.
  • In the “Stephanie Plum” book series by Janet Evanovich (born 1943), Carlos Ranger Manoso is a recurring side character, as well as a friend and one time lover of main character Stephanie Plum.
  • Carlos Oliveira is a character in the video game “Resident Evil”.

Carlos as a weather phenomenon

Carlos was used as a name for low and high pressure zones in Europe four times. Carlos was also the name for 10 tropical storms and cyclones. In the East Pacific Ocean eight tropical storms were named Carlos in the years 1979, 1985, 1991, 1997, 2003, 2009, 2015 and 2021. However, only the storm in 2003 caused damages to the people of Mexico. In Australia in 2011, one cyclone was named Carlos. It brought three days of precipitation, no damages were caused. In 2017 there was a cyclone of the name Carlos in the South East Indian Ocean.

Pronunciation of Carlos

Variants of the name Carlos


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Popularity of the name Carlos

The name Carlos is ranked #2401 overall.

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