C names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Gaelic, Joy, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Carroll comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Cearbhall which may derived from Gaelic cearbh meaning “hacking”, which may have been a byname for a butcher or a fierce warrior. Carroll could also be a variant spelling of Carol, either a shortened form of Caroline which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *karilaz meaning “free man”, though Carol is also an English word meaning “joyful song” though it also refers to a king of circular dance. It comes from Old French carole from Latin choraula (flute player) via Ancient Greek khoraules meaning “one who accompanies a chorus on the flute”; khoros (choir, dance) comes from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (to enclose) and aulos (flute) which derives from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ewlos (tube).

Origin: Proto-Germanic, Gaelic, Proto-Indo-European



  • Carrol (Irish)
  • Cearbhall (Irish)
  • Carol (English, Romanian)



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