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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%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#98770 out of 150436, Top 66%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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) 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 these girl names was at its most widespread during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.3751%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1482%, down 60.5%), 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), and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for Caroline, Charlie, Charlotte and Lola. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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.