CARLETON: Old English for "Carl's town." A nice name. Only the most vehement antismoking activist will be put off by the fact that it is also the name of a cigarette. Relatives: Carlton, Charlton. Namesakes: Carlton Fisk, Jim Charlton.
CARLY: Began as a nickname related to Carla and Carleen, but now stands on its own. "Carly, I love you, darlin', I do." Relatives: Carla, Carleen, Karlie, Karly, Karleen, Karlene, Carlene. Namesake: Carly Simon.
CARLYLE: Old English for "Carl's island." A little pretentious perhaps, but nicknames are available from either syllable. Relatives: Carlisle, Carl, Carlie, Carly, Lyle, Lisle. Namesakes: Thomas Carlyle, Hotel Carlyle.
CARMEN: From the Hebrew for "garden" or "field of fruit," but most popular in Spanish-speaking countries. The origin of this name offers a possible explanation for Ms. Miranda's fruited headgear. Relatives: Carmel, Karmen, Karmel, Carmelita, Karmelita, Carmelle, Karmelle, Carmine, Carmita. Namesakes: Carmen Miranda, Carmen Cozza.
CAROLINE: Feminine form of Charles. An old-fashioned charmer. Relatives: Carolyne, Carolyn, Carolina, Cary, Carly, Carol, Karoline, Karolyne, Karolina, Karolyna, Caro, Karo, Carra, Cara, Carrie, Carry. Namesakes: Caroline Kennedy, Princess Caroline of Monaco
CARSON: "Son of Carr," which is Scandinavian for "marshy land." Namesakes: Carson McCullers, Johnny Carson, Kit Carson
CARTER: Old English for "cart driver." Solid preppie sound, but not excessive. Namesakes: Carter Burden, Carter Smith, Jimmy Carter