Meaning and name origin
Charmaine \ch(a)-rmai-ne, char-maine\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Char, Charamy, Charamalique, 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 is a very popular first name for females (#830 out of 4276, Top 19%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Charmaine for girls. Charmaine reached its highest rank of #497 in the U.S. in 1950-1959 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Charmaine and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charlotte (#10), Caroline (#58), Carmen (#383), Lorraine, Germaine, Charmaine and Carol. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).