To mark the 69th Jahrzeit (death anniversary) of the great comedian Curly Howard (Jerome Lester Horwitz) (right), here are some names meaning “curly.” There’s a long tradition of opposite nicknames, like a fat guy called Slim or a bald guy called Curly.
Caiside means “curly-haired” in Ancient Irish, from root cas. The modern unisex name Cassidy derives from the surname O’Caiside (descendant of Caiside).
Cincinnatus means “curly-haired” in Latin.
Crispus also means “curly-haired” in Latin.
Kåre means “curly, curved” in Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish, from Old Norse name Kári.
Kårfinn is a rare Norwegian name made of elements kárr (curly/wavy hair) and Finnr (Finn, Lapp).
Karleiv is also Norwegian, combining kárr and leif (inheritance, legacy).
Kárr means “curly-haired” and “reluctant, obstinate” in Old Norse.
Kár-Tóki means “curly-haired Thor” in Old Norse.
Óðinkárr means “curly haired inspiration/rage/frenzy” in Ancient Scandinavian.
Visa means “curly birch” in Finnish.
Buklore means “curly-haired” in Albanian.
Dada means “curly hair” in Yoruba. For obvious reasons, I wouldn’t recommend this in an Anglophone country.
Fatila means “curly” in Uzbek.
Holy means “curly” in Malagasy, the national language of Madagascar.
Kára means “curly, curved” in Old Norse, from root kárr. A Valkyrie had this name.
Kárhildr means “curly-haired fight” or “obstinate/reluctant fight” in Old Norse.
Khoibi means “curly-haired daughter” in Manipuri (also called Meitei), a Sino–Tibetan language spoken in northeastern India.
Olitiana is Malagasy, a combination of oly (curly, curly hair) and tiana (to be loved, to be liked).