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