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What does Charmian mean?

Charmian Pronunciation of Charmian [charmi-an] 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.

Associated with: greek, little, joy, literary, queen.


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

Related girl names: Charmaine, Carol and Charlotte.

Creative forms:
(female) Charmice, Charmina, ..

(male) Charmiran, Charran, ..

Middle name pairings:
Charmian Eleanor (C.E.), ..

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. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Carol (#1768 from recent data), Charlotte (#9) and Charmaine are the prominent variation forms of Charmian (outside Top 2000). These forms of Charmian reached the top of their popularity 8 decades ago (usage of 3.5%) and are now much less conventional (usage 0.8%, 78.5%), with versions like Charmaine becoming less fashionable. Charlotte is the most chic girl name among these. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Charlotte, Charmaine in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charlotte outside U.S.

Similar Names

Charmian is pronounced similarly to Charmain, Charmane, Charmayne, Charmeen, Charmene, Charmine, Charmion, Charmyn, Sharmain, Sharman, Sharmane, Sharmion and Sharmyn. Other suggested similar names are Cariana, Carin, Carlia, Carlin, Carma, Carmaine, Carman, Carmanya, Carmen, Carmi, Carmill, Carmina, Carmine, Carmon, Carmyna, Carmynn, Cerian, Chalia, Chania, Charalin (see Cherilyn), Charalyn, Charelyn, Charesa, Charidy, Charie, Charil, Charilyn, Charin, Charis, Charise, Charish, Charita, Chariti (see Charity), Charity, Chariza, Charla, Charlea, Charleen, Charlice, Charlina, Charline, Charlita, Charlynn, Charma, Charmara, Charmese, Charmisa, Chastin, Chayan, Cheriann, Chermona, Ciaran, Darrian, Karman, Karmia, Karmin, Marian, Sharaia, Sharlan, Sharmila, Sharrin and Thermia. These names tend to be more commonly used than Charmian.

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