What does Charlene mean?
Charlene \ch(a)-rle-ne, char-lene\ as a girls' name is pronounced shar-LEEN, char-LEEN. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Charlene is "free man". 20th-century coinage: feminine form of Charles with the -ene suffix. It may have been influenced by the older and rarer French name Charline, a feminine diminutive of Charles. Char- is also used as a blend prefix.
Charlene▼ has 21 variants: Char, Charla▼, Charlaine, Charlanna, Charlayne, Charleen▼, Charleena, Charleene, Charleesa, Charlena, Charlie, Charlien, Charlina, Charline▼, Charlisa, Charlita, Charlyn, Charlyne, Charlynn, Shalene and Sharlene▼.
Charlene is a very prominent first name for females (#220 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Charlene for girls. Charlene was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its peak rank of #114 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Arlene, Carol, Caroline (#58 a year ago), Charla, Charleen, Charles, Charlie (#229), Charline, Charlotte (#10) and Sharlene are the popular variation forms of Charlene. Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.5618%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2457%, down 56.3%), with versions like Charleen, Charlene, Charles, Charline and Sharlene falling out of fashion. Caroline (#58), Charlie (#229) and Charlotte (#10) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this list, and there is a resurgence in baby name usage for these names. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Charlene and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Charlene▼ is pronounced similarly to Cherlyne, Sharlane, Sharleyne, Sherlene and Shirlene▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Carlen, Carlena, Carlene▼, Carline, Carlyne, Charlee, Charmene and Corlene. These names tend to be less frequently used than Charlene.