(French) form of Carol, formerly quite commonly used in the English-speaking world. In the 1930s it was associated particularly with the film star Carole Lombard (1908–42). Now that Carol is used almost exclusively for girls, the form Carole has become less frequent.
German: 1. habitational name from any of several places called Lempe or Lempen. 2. alternatively, from an altered spelling of Lempp or Lemppe, a metonymic occupational name for a farmer who raised and sold lambs, from Middle High German lamp ‘lamb’ 3. from a short form of Lambert.