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Origin & Meaning

The name Charles is of French and English origin.

The meaning of Charles is "free man, strong".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 51 in baby name popularity for boys with 7269 occurrences.  It ranked 7692 in popular baby names for girls with 15 occurrences. 

View the Charles Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Charles has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Charles to other names.


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Charles is a form of the name Carolus.

Variants of the name Charles include Carl, Charlton.

The names Carlis, Carlita, Carlo, Carloman, Carlon, Carlos, Carlose, Carloss, Carlous, Carolos, Carols, Charleson, Charleston, Charleton, Charline, Charlse, Charlsey, Charlsy, Charmaine, Chars, Kaarle, Kaarlo, Kale, Karcsi, Karel, Searlas, Searle, Searlus, Siarl, Xandria, Xandy, Xarles are all forms of Charles.

Charles has the diminutives (nicknames) Charley, Charlie, Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck.

Other Tidbits

Charles falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Charles Osgood, Charles Darwin, Charles Barkley, Charles Dickens, Charles de Gaulle.

Name Fun

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Be creative with the name Charles.

Just for fun, see the name Charles in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Charles in Nautical Flags page.

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French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.