What does Charmian mean?
Charmian /char-mi-an/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' 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.
How popular is Charmian?
Charmian is an uncommon given name for females. Charmian is an equivalently unique surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Carol, Charlotte (#10 last year) and Charmaine are the prominent variation forms of Charmian (outside Top 1000). These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.79%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.33%, down 58.2%), with the versions Carol and Charmaine becoming less fashionable. Charlotte (#10) is the most chic girl name among these, and there is also a rekindling in birth name popularity for this name. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Charmian and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Charmian is 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.