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Origin: Netherlands
Region Origin: Western Europe

Carly is a feminine name derived from the masculine name Carl, which has German and Norse roots. The name means "free woman" and originated as a feminine variation of Karl, a variant of Charles in German and Scandinavian. Karl comes from the Old English 'ceorl,' meaning 'free man'. The name became popular in Europe partly due to Charles the Great, who ruled most of Europe from 742-814. Carly is also a popular nickname for Caroline, which is the feminine version of the name Charles. The name Carly has been associated with several notable individuals, such as singer-songwriters Carly Simon and Carly Rae Jepsen, businesswoman and politician Carly Fiorina, and the character Carly Shay from the TV show iCarly, played by Miranda Cosgrove. The name is popular in various languages and cultures, symbolizing freedom and liberty.

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