Carla \c(a)-rla, car-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced KAR-lah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Carla is "free man". Feminine form of Carl and short form of Caroline. A European-sounding version of the many names that derive from Charles. Much favored in name blends with various endings. See also Carol and Charla.
Carla has 43 variant forms: Carlah, Carlana, Carle, Carleah, Carlee, Carleen, Carleesia, Carleeza, Carleigh, Carlena, Carlene, Carleta, Carletha, Carlethe, Carletta, Carlette, Carley, Carli, Carlia, Carlie, Carlicia, Carlin, Carlina, Carliqua, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlisha, Carlisia, Carlissa, Carlissia, Carlista, Carlita, Carlla, Carlonda, Carlreca, Carly, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyse, Karla, Karlita and Karlla.