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What does Charlotte mean?

Charlotte \ch(ar)-lotte, charl(ot)-te\ as a girls' name is pronounced SHAR-let. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Charlotte is "free man". French feminine diminutive of Charles: it was very common in the Middle Ages in France to make a pet form of a name by adding -ot on the end. From Charles came Charlot, and then Charlotte. Used in England since the 17th century, and made popular by Queen Charlotte, George III's wife (19th century). Literary: in E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web", the heroine of the title is a spider. Novelist Charlotte Brontė; actress Charlotte Rampling; singer Charlotte Church.


Charlotte has 99 variants: Carla, Carleen, Carletta, Carlie, Carline, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly, Carlyne, Char, Chara, Charill, Charla, Charlaine, Charle, Charleen, Charlene, Charlesetta, Charlet, Charlett, Charletta, Charlette, Charlie, Charline, Charlita, Charlot, Charlott, Charlotta, Charlsie, Charly, Charlyne, Charmain, Charmaine, Charmian, Charmion, Charmion, Charo, Charolett, Charolette, Charty, Charyl, Chattie, Cherlyn, Cheryl, Cheryll, Karla, Karleen, Karlene, Karletta, Karli, Karlicka, Karlie, Karlika, Karline, Karlota, Karlotta, Karlotte, Karly, Karlyne, Lola, Loleta, Loletta, Lolita, Lolotte, Lotta, Lottchen, Lotte, Lottey, Lotti, Lottie, Lotty, Searlait, Sharel, Sharil, Sharla, Sharlaine, Sharleen, Sharlene, Sharlet, Sharlett, Sharlette, Sharline, Sharlot, Sharlott, Sharlotta, Sharlotte, Sharlotte, Sharmain, Sharmayne, Sharmian, Sharmion, Sharyl, Sheri, Sherie, Sherrie, Sherry, Sherye, Sheryl and Tottie.

For more information, see also related girl names Caroline, Chalice, Lieselotte and Carol.


Charlotte is a very popular first name for females (#130 out of 4276, Top 3%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Charlotte for girls. Charlotte reached its peak rank of #10 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Charlotte and related names. Prominent variation forms of Charlotte (#10 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Carla (#864 a year ago), Carleen, Carlie (#966), Carlotta, Carly (#357), Carol, Caroline (#58), Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charles, Charlie (#229), Charline, Charmaine, Charolette, Cheryl, Karla (#504), Karlene, Karli, Karlie (#885), Karly, Lola (#236), Lolita, Lotta, Lottie, Sharla, Sharlene, Sheri, Sherie, Sherrie, Sherry and Sheryl. Adoption of this girl name was at its most widespread during 1940-1949 and has become significantly lower since, with versions such as Carla, Carlie, Karli, Karly and Lottie becoming somewhat outmoded. The most trendy baby names here are Carly (#357), Caroline (#58), Charlie (#229), Charlotte (#10) and Lola (#236), with Caroline, Charlie, Charlotte and Lola enjoying a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carla, Carleen, Carlie, Carlotta, Carly, Carol, Caroline, Charla, Charleen, Charlene in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charles, Charlie, Charline, Charlotte, Charmaine, Charolette, Cheryl, Karla, Karlene, Karli in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karlie, Karly, Lola, Lolita, Lotta, Lottie, Sharla, Sharlene, Sheri, Sherie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sherrie, Sherry, Sheryl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Carlette. This name tends to be less frequently used than Charlotte.