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pinWhat does Charlene mean?

Charlene /char-lene/ [2 sylls.] 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.

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

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

Kreatif forms: Charlece, Charlete. [more]

pinHow 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)

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. in the 1940s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charlene name in U.S.

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

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%, 56.3% less), 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charlene, Arlene, Carol, Caroline, Charla in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charleen, Charles, Charlie, Charline, Charlotte, Sharlene in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

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.