Meaning and name origin
Charlene \ch(a)-rle-ne, char-lene\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Char, Charla, Charlaine, Charlanna, Charlayne, Charleen, Charleena, Charleene, Charleesa, Charlena, Charlie, Charlien, Charlina, Charlyn, Charlyne, Charlynn, Charline, Charlisa, Charlita, Shalene and Sharlene.
Charlene is a very popular first name for females (#220 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Charlene for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Charlene and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charlotte (#10), Caroline (#58), Charlie (#229), Carol, Charles, Charline, Arlene, Sharlene, Charleen, Charlene and Charla. (2014 statistics).
Charlene is also pronounced similarly to Cherlyne, Sharlane, Sharleyne, Sharline, Sharlyne, Sherlene and Shirlene. Other suggested similar baby names are Carlen, Carlena, Carlene, Carline, Carlyne, Charlee, Charmene and Corlene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Charlene.