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Meaning of Charles

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The name Charles has the following meaning:

One who is manly and strong/a free man. The English term "churl" meaning "serf" derives from the same root. Has been a household favourite ever since the era of the Emperor Charlemagne, and in fact a popular royal name in many European countries, including England.
This name can be given to both baby boys and girls. It is a unisex name.


As a baby boy name, Charles is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 58 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Charles fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 1 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 64 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Charles in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Charles is pronounced as charl-z


Charles originates from the German language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Charles and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Charles: Boys - Emmet, Everett, Otho, Watt, Wilburn, Girls - Adelaide, Adelia, Adelle, Adline, Alberta, Allar, Arleth, Arminda, Arminta, Berdie, Bernardine, Both genders - Bertha, Emma, Gertrude


Popular Variants for the name Charles: Carel (Polish), Carl (Scandinavian), Carlo (Italian), Carlos (Portuguese), Carlus (Irish), Carrol (French), Carroll (German), Caryl, Chad, Charlea, Charlee (German), Charleigh, Charley, Charli (German), Charlie (English), Charlot (French), Charls (German), Charlton, Charly, Chars (German), Chas (English), Chay, Chaz (English), Chazz, Chick, Chip, Cholly, Chuck (English), Kaarle (Finnish), Kale (Hawaiian), Karel (Dutch), Karl (Scandinavian), Karol (Polish), Karoly (Hungarian), Searlas (Irish Gaelic), Siarl (Welsh), Tearlach (Gaelic), Xarles (Basque)


Common nicknames for the name Charles are: Charlie, Charley


We think the name Charles should fall under the following style category: Everlasting.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Charles to be: A smart and loyal person

In one word, you might describe Charles as a(n) "loyal" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Charles (or its variants) are:

Charles Bronson, born on 3 November, a famous actor. Charles Bronson's background: An American actor known for 'tough guy' roles who starred in such classic films as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen and The Great Escape. In many of his roles, he played a police detective, western gunfighter, boxer or Mafia hitman.

Charles John Huffam, born on 7 February, a famous author. Charles John Huffam's background: The British author was born near Portsmouth. Famous for his novels of social commentary in the Victorian era, many of which are satirical, he is one of the few authors whose books have never been out of print.

Charles Darwin, born on 9 January, a famous author. Charles Darwin's background: He arrived in Port San Julien, Patagonia, on board HMS Beagle. During this trip the British naturalist carried out much of the research that was subsequently published in his revolutionary book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859).
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