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Karlee is a fun-spirited baby name for girls that feels more modern than Carly. Despite the use of the trendy K, Carly remains more popular. Karlee was not a top 1,000 baby name in 2020, but in 2019, it was.

Meaning of the name Karlee:

Germanic: free man.

Origin of the name Karlee:

Karlee is a modern spelling of the baby name Carly. Most agree that Carly was the feminine variation of the Germanic Carl. Carl was the German version of the English Charles, which comes from the Old Germanic name Karl.

Symbolism of the name Karlee:

The baby name Karlee has the same meaning as Carly. Ultimately, however, Carly has the same meaning as Charles, which comes from the Old Germanic Karl. Karl directly translates to “man” in English.

Style of the name Karlee:

Modern

Gender of the name Karlee:

Karlee is a spunky name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Karlee:

KAHR-lee

Number of syllables in the name Karlee:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Karlee:

Karlee is a modern and trendy option. It is full of life and informal.

Alternative spellings for the name Karlee:

Nicknames for the name Karlee:

  • Lee 
  • Kar Kar
  • Kar
  • Karl
  • Karlz
  • Karls
  • KK

Popularity of the name Karlee:

Karlee first became a top 1,000 baby name in 1991 at rank 742. In 2019, Karlee was number 971 for girls, never rising above number 500 in the years past. The more traditional spelling, Carly, remains more popular, coming in at rank 617 in 2020.

Related names for the name Karlee:

Great middle names for Karlee and their meanings:

  • Jocelyn (happy)
  • Marilyn (bitter, drop of the sea, star of the sea)
  • Jolene (God will increase)
  • Elaine (shining light, sun ray)
  • Renee (reborn)
  • Shea (esteemed)
  • Breanne (high, noble, exalted)
  • Jo (God is gracious)

Famous people with the name Karlee:

  • Karlee Perez (professional wrestler, Maxine)
  • Karlee Steel (YouTube star)

Karlees in popular culture:

No fictional characters have the name Karlee.