What does Charmaine mean?
Charmaine /char-mai-ne/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced shar-MAYNE. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Charmaine is "charm".
Probably a modern name based on the word "charm" with -aine as in Lorraine. It was first invented for a 1924 play "What Price Glory?" by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings, which was later made into a successful silent film in 1926 and was remade in 1952. The name was used for the love interest in the film, a French innkeeper's daughter. The name found some popularity due to The Bachelor's hit song "Charmaine" in the 1960s. Also possibly a variant of the older form Charmian, the name of one of Cleopatra's attendants in Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra", and influenced by names such as Germaine. May also derive from an old Roman family name, Carminea, or possibly related to Carmen and Caroline.
Charmaine▼ has 27 variants: Char, Charamalique, Charamy, Chari, Charma, Charmain, Charmane, Charmar, Charmara, Charmayne, Charmeen, Charmene, Charmese, Charmian, Charmine, Charmion, Charmisa, Charmyan, Charmyn, Sharmain, Sharmaine, Sharman, Sharmane, Sharmayne, Sharmian, Sharmion and Sharmyn.
Charmaine▼ has 18 more alternative forms via Carmen, Caroline, Charmian, Germaine, Lorraine: Caraline, Carline, Carmaine, Carman, Carmie, Carmin, Carmina, Carmine, Charlene▼, Charline▼, Charlyne, Charmiane, Charmin, Jarmaine, Laraine, Sharline, Sharmiane and Sharmyane.Kreatif forms: Chamaine, Charmaice, Charmaina. [more]
How popular is Charmaine?
Charmaine is a very popular first name for females (#830 out of 4276, Top 19%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Charmaine for girls. Charmaine entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its peak position of #497 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Charmaine and affiliated names. Charlotte (#10 a year ago), Caroline (#58), Carmen (#383), Lorraine, Laraine, Germaine, Charline, Carol and Charlene are the prominent alternative forms of Charmaine appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.6421%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.2549%, 60.3% less), with versions such as Carmen, Charlene, Charmaine, Carol and Charline becoming somewhat outmoded. Charlotte (#10) and Caroline (#58) are two of the more fashionable girl names here, with Caroline and Charlotte enjoying a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Charlaine. This name tends to be less frequently used than Charmaine.