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Carmel is a beloved baby name traditionally used for both girls and boys. Known for its ties to religious history, this name also has a prominent role in popular culture. Carmel Kazemi Jackson is the name of a character in the EastEnders series, and Carmel Celine Marguerite McQueen Valentine was an iconic character on the Hollyoaks series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Carmel:

Hebrew: Garden

Origin of the name Carmel:

Carmel originates from the Hebrew word כַּרְמֶל (Karmel) and means “garden,” “orchard,” or “grove.”

Symbolism of the name Carmel:

Carmel derives from the Hebrew word כַּרְמֶל and referred to gardens, vineyards, or orchard groves. During antiquity, Carmel referred to a region in Judea famous for exporting olive oil and wine. Carmel has survived as the name of an important mountain range and municipal district of Israel. In Christian culture, the name is a tribute to Our Lady of Carmel (an epithet of the Virgin Mary). Carmel later became the namesake of a religious order known as the Carmelites. Within this context, the symbol of the name is the fire the appeared to the prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:16-45).

Style of the name Carmel:

Traditional, Biblical

Gender of the name Carmel:

Carmel is a unisex baby name — it's given to both girls and boys.

Pronunciation of the name Carmel:


Number of syllables in the name Carmel:


Emotion evoked from the name Carmel:

The name Carmel evokes feelings of perfection and peace.

Alternative spellings for the name Carmel:

  • Karmel
  • Carmiel
  • Karmiel

Nicknames for the name Carmel:

  • Car
  • Carme
  • Carmie
  • Carmo
  • Carmelita
  • Mel
  • Mellie
  • Melly

Popularity of the name Carmel:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Carmel was the 7,897th most popular baby name for girls in 2020. Carmel was the 11,900th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Carmel:

Great middle names for Carmel and their meanings:

  • Aiyanna (flower blossom)
  • Bethel (house of God)
  • Deva (divine, deity)
  • Emmeline (work, labor, industriousness)
  • Engracia (endowed with grace)
  • Gaia (earth)
  • Geranium (crane flower)
  • Iris (rainbow)
  • Kinzley (king's meadow)
  • Lucette (little light)
  • Marguerite (pearl)
  • Naamah (sweetness, pleasantness, grace)
  • Sonia (wisdom)
  • Yamilet (beautiful)

Famous people with the name Carmel:

Carmel in popular culture:

  • Carmel (ancient town in Mount Hebron, Israel)
  • Carmel Agrexco (exporter of agricultural produce)
  • Carmel Kazemi Jackson (character in the EastEnders series)
  • Carmel Celine Marguerite McQueen Valentine (character on the Hollyoaks series)
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