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Charles Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Charles?

Ranking 49th in popularity in the United States for boys in 2017, the name Charles is very popular.

Currently in the top 50, this name has been part of the top 100 most popular since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began record keeping.

Its highest popularity RANKING of #4 was reached for the first time in 1880 and as recently as 1883.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1947 with 40,772 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Charles in any given year was 3,049 in 1901.

Charles, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1909-1921, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1884-1887, 1952-1967, 1968-1976, 1984-1987, and 1988-1995.

Charles's popularity is at a very low point when measured against its most notable year.

How popular will Charles be?

For a number of years, the name Charles has remained mostly unchanged in popularity. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Charles has remained about the same.

The name Charles is favored by many parents and will probably continue to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

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   Charles (Girl)Charles (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 12 8,855 7,130 49
2016 17 6,946 7,098 51
2015 9 11,054 7,177 50
2014 15 7,731 7,339 51
2013 15 7,825 7,012 57
2012 15 7,887 6,935 62
2011 9 11,361 6,977 61
2010 8 12,506 7,095 63
2009 < 5 -- 7,283 63
2008 19 6,850 7,283 63
2007 12 9,662 7,450 62
2006 14 8,328 8,009 60
2005 16 7,210 7,926 56
2004 54 2,930 7,649 56
2003 8 11,517 7,693 57
2002 7 12,468 7,207 58
2001 17 6,375 7,282 55
2000 14 7,242 7,524 51
1999 11 8,335 7,524 50
1998 11 8,106 7,847 48
1997 15 6,224 7,655 49
1996 19 5,101 8,247 43
1995 22 4,551 8,473 44
1994 19 5,054 9,014 43
1993 28 3,793 9,855 44
1992 32 3,433 10,468 43
1991 34 3,220 11,333 38
1990 42 2,745 11,992 38
1989 60 2,079 12,247 36
1988 91 1,493 12,102 37
1987 82 1,546 12,170 35
1986 85 1,475 12,620 34
1985 106 1,269 12,893 34
1984 112 1,180 12,939 33
1983 121 1,114 13,211 33
1982 124 1,132 14,306 31
1981 102 1,264 14,429 31
1980 116 1,161 14,961 29
1979 130 1,063 14,825 28
1978 118 1,105 14,849 27
1977 88 1,316 14,743 26
1976 106 1,125 13,937 26
1975 129 965 14,581 25
1974 102 1,136 15,153 23
1973 117 1,009 15,756 23
1972 122 983 16,980 23
1971 145 905 19,854 22
1970 149 889 22,432 21
1969 135 913 21,678 19
1968 130 906 21,575 20
1967 123 924 21,295 20
1966 129 884 22,257 20
1965 134 862 23,492 20
1964 128 927 25,900 17
1963 138 893 26,784 16
1962 120 971 27,590 15
1961 119 993 29,189 13
1960 133 920 29,676 13
1959 150 837 30,762 11
1958 129 902 32,236 11
1957 154 814 34,252 11
1956 157 789 35,207 11
1955 149 789 35,355 11
1954 126 838 37,443 10
1953 138 778 38,401 9
1952 121 832 38,875 9
1951 151 710 39,405 9
1950 155 690 39,099 9
1949 141 712 40,043 9
1948 151 678 38,677 9
1947 138 726 40,772 9
1946 134 694 38,200 9
1945 125 658 32,463 7
1944 142 615 34,650 7
1943 176 571 36,628 7
1942 164 577 35,845 7
1941 154 564 32,728 6
1940 140 589 31,685 6
1939 149 548 30,785 6
1938 144 571 31,137 6
1937 177 494 30,519 6
1936 133 568 29,083 6
1935 149 527 29,979 6
1934 168 496 29,791 7
1933 209 447 28,985 6
1932 197 469 31,097 6
1931 213 441 29,924 6
1930 236 437 31,863 6
1929 262 409 29,932 5
1928 271 412 31,245 5
1927 303 395 31,935 5
1926 225 451 29,521 5
1925 216 470 29,581 5
1924 186 526 30,465 5
1923 159 570 28,960 5
1922 199 489 28,840 5
1921 176 539 29,246 5
1920 163 564 28,308 5
1919 129 616 25,191 5
1918 144 592 26,923 5
1917 124 612 24,144 7
1916 123 608 23,612 6
1915 101 658 21,959 7
1914 75 672 16,937 7
1913 49 750 13,190 7
1912 67 597 11,070 7
1911 40 689 5,725 7
1910 32 757 4,785 7
1909 29 748 4,029 7
1908 30 712 3,929 7
1907 20 845 3,884 6
1906 24 743 3,607 6
1905 22 781 3,608 5
1904 24 713 3,406 6
1903 19 792 3,213 5
1902 25 673 3,361 5
1901 23 665 3,049 5
1900 28 676 4,099 5
1899 23 646 3,147 5
1898 19 771 3,557 5
1897 20 702 3,341 5
1896 10 1,056 3,639 5
1895 27 578 3,633 5
1894 26 571 3,788 5
1893 23 596 3,723 5
1892 29 505 4,319 5
1891 29 476 3,640 5
1890 30 477 4,061 5
1889 28 468 4,199 5
1888 28 470 4,591 5
1887 33 373 4,031 5
1886 22 462 4,533 5
1885 24 431 4,599 5
1884 19 465 4,802 5
1883 18 452 4,826 4
1882 23 373 5,091 5
1881 17 405 4,636 5
1880 11 520 5,348 4

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.