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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old German : Free man; a variation of Charles

What does Carlos mean and stand for?

The name Carlos is of German and Spanish origin and means "free man." It is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Charles.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Carlos

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish and Portuguese : from the personal name Carlos, Spanish equivalent of Charles.


According to Social Security Administration data, Carlos decreasing in popularity since falling out the top 100 in 2013. Despite the decline, Carlos is barely hanging on in the top 150.

However, it is the 20th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Carlos was at its peak popularity in November 2017.

Carlos is quite a popular Spanish name, with notable namesakes such as Carlos Santana, Carlos Roberto Pena, Carlos Alberto Martínez Tevez, and Carlos César Salvador Arana Castaneda, as well as numerous athletes. Fun fact: Carlos Irwin Estevez is the birth name of Charlie Sheen. Carlos has also been a popular name for fictional characters, appearing in Big Time Rush, Resident Evil, Sons of Anarchy, and Destinos.

Where is it Popular?

Carlos was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Carlos

  • Carl
  • Chuck

Pairs well with these middle names

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