Charles/Carl and Emma (twice)

Working on an art project about Darwin/Evolution/Genetics etc.

A friend mentioned she’d gone to a lecture about Jung and Darwin – and I shared with her that both had wives named Emma (they didn’t cover that in the lecture she went to.) From what I’ve read the marriages were very different, however. Then I realized that Charles and Carl are, in fact, the same name as well.

Here’s some info about the names:

Carl is a popular given name as well as the name of various places. The most popular male variations are Karl, Charles; the popularity stems from the long lines of historical nobility using these names. Carl, or Karl, is a Scandinavian name originating from old Norse, basically meaning “free man” or just “man”.

CARL is a favourite boy’s name in Germany. It has Old German origin. It came from Karl, the German form of Charles. The meaning is “free man”.

The boy’s name Charles \ ch(ar)-les\ is pronounced charlz. It is of Old German origin, and its meaning is “free man”. From “karl“, similar to Old Englishchurl“, meaning “man, serf”. The first Holy Roman Emperor (seventh to eighth century) Charlemagne (Latin Carolus Magnus, meaning “Charles the Great“) was a powerful German leader who created a more ordered society out of the chaos that followed the fall of Rome. He united France and much of central Europe. His widespread fame gave rise to many forms of his name. Charles is the French variant of Carolus or Karolus, adopted by the English especially since the 17thcentury reigns of kings Charles I and II. Charles and its variant forms have been favoured by the royalty of several countries, including the present Prince of Wales. Charlie and Charly are occasionally used for girls. See also Arlo. Naturalist Charles Darwin; French president Charles de Gaulle; author Charles Dickens; actor Charlie Chaplin; basketball player Charles Barkley.

Charles is a very common first name for men (#8 out of 1220) and also a very common last name for both men and women (#537 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

The girl’s name Emma \e(m)-ma\ is pronounced EM-ah. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and its meaning is “entire, universal“. Originally a short form of German names such as Ermintrude. A royal name in medieval England. Emma Peel was a charcter in the 1960s British TV series “The Avengers”. Literary: title character of the Jane Austen romance novel “Emma”. Actresses Emma Samms, Emma Thompson; singer Emmylou Harris.

Emma has 26 variant forms: Em, Ema, Emalinda, Emelina, Emeline, Emelyne, Emmalee, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emmalynne, Emme, Emmeleia, Emmeline, Emmelyn, Emmelyne, Emmet, Emmett, Emmette, Emmi, Emmie, Emmot, Emmott, Emmy, Emmye and Ima.

Emma is a very common first name for women (#134 out of 4276) and also a very common last name for both men and women (#27744 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)


One Comment to “Charles/Carl and Emma (twice)”

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