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Meaning and name origin

Charmian \ch(ar)-mian\ as a girl's name is pronounced CHAR-mee-an, SHAR-mee-an. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Charmian is "delight". From Kharmion, a diminutive of "kharma" meaning "delight" or "little joy". Literary: Shakespeare used the name for an attendant of the Egyptian queen in "Anthony and Cleopatra". He took it from Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's "Parallel". Actress Charmian Carr.


Charmian has 8 variant forms: Charmin, Charmiane, Charmyan, Charmin, Sharmian, Sharmiane, Sharmyan and Sharmyane.

For more information, see also related girl names Charmaine, Carol and Charlotte.


Charmian is not a popular first name for females and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Charmian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charlotte (#10), Charmaine and Carol. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carol, Charlotte, Charmaine in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carol, Charlotte, Charmaine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Charmian is also pronounced similarly to Charmain, Charmane, Charmeen, Charmine, Charmion, Charmyn, Sharman and Sharmion. Other suggested similar baby names are Carman and Carmin. These names tend to be more commonly used than Charmian.