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What does Charlene mean?

Charlene Pronunciation of Charlene [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.

Associated with: 20th century (modern), blend.


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.

Related girl names: Arlene, Sha-, Carol, Caroline and Charlotte.

5 more alternative forms via Charline: Cherlyn, Sharlaine, Sharleen, Sharline and Sharlyne.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Charlene Elyse (C.E.), ..

How popular is Charlene?

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)

Charlene reached its peak rank of #115 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is presently at #1532. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlene name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charlene outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Arlene (#1376 via latest list), Carol (#1768), Caroline (#62), Charla, Charleen, Charles, Charlie (#207), Charline, Charlotte (#9), Charlyn, Charlyne, Cherlyn, Sharleen and Sharlene are the popular variation forms of Charlene (#1532 via latest list). Usage of these relations of Charlene reached its most widespread in the 1940s (usage of 3.9%) and has become much lower since (usage 1.2%, 69.4% less). Caroline is the longstanding favorite, although Charlie seems to be gaining favor too, while forms like Arlene are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlene, Arlene, Carol, Caroline, Charla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charleen, Charles, Charlie, Charline, Charlotte in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charlyn, Charlyne, Cherlyn, Sharleen, Sharlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caroline, Charlie, Charlotte outside U.S.

Similar Names

Charlene is pronounced similarly to Cherlyne, Sharlan, Sharlane, Sharleyne, Sharlyn, Sharlynne, Sherlene, Shirlene and Shirline. Other suggested similar names are Abalene, Adalene, Caree, Carileen (see Caroline), Carine, Carlaena, Carlan, Carle, Carleta, Carlethe, Carlette, Carlin, Carlinda, Carlye, Carlyna, Carlynn, Carmen, Carynne, Cauleyne, Caylee, Celene, Chantee, Charalin (see Cherilyn), Charell, Charelle, Charilyn, Charitee (see Charity), Charitye (see Charity), Charlea, Charlesina, Charlett, Charley, Charmiane, Charmine, Chastine, Chavonne, Cheralyn, Chereese, Cherese, Cherilee, Cherilin, Cherilyn, Cherree, Cherylann, Clairene, Collene, Coralena, Corene, Cyrene, Earldene (see Earla), Earlena, Earline, Erlene, Harlee, Kaelene, Karene, Karlee, Marcene, Marlee, Marlele, Marlenne, Paulene, Sharlena, Starlena, Talene and Verlene. These names tend to be less frequently used than Charlene.

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