What does Charles mean?
Charles [charles]▼ as a boys' name is pronounced charlz. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Charles is "free man". From "karl", similar to Old English "churl", meaning "man, serf". The first Holy Roman Emperor (seventh to eighth century) Charlemagne (Latin Carolus Magnus, meaning "Charles the Great") was a powerful German leader who created a more ordered society out of the chaos that followed the fall of Rome. He united France and much of central Europe. His widespread fame gave rise to many forms of his name. Charles is the French variant of Carolus or Karolus, adopted by the English especially since the 17th-century reigns of kings Charles I and II. Charles and its variant forms have been favored by the royalty of several countries, including the present Prince of Wales. Charlie and Charly are occasionally used for girls. See also Arlo. Naturalist Charles Darwin; French president Charles de Gaulle; author Charles Dickens; actor Charlie Chaplin; basketball player Charles Barkley.
VARIANTS Carel, Carl▼, Carlo, Carlos, Carrol▼, Carroll▼, Cary▼, Caryl, Chad▼, Charleson, Charley▼, Charlie▼, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Chas▼, Chaz▼, Chick, Chip, Chuck▼, Karel, Karl▼, Karol, Karolek, Karolik, Karoly
SEE ALSO CurleyCREATIVE FORMS
(male) Carles, Clarles, ..
(female) Charde, Charve, .. MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
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How popular is Charles?
Charles is a very popular first name for men (#8 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#589 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)
Charles reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #50 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Carlos (#117 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Charlie (#229), Arlo (#502), Carl (#600), Chad (#763), Karl (#1082), Carlo (#1258), Chaz (#1430), Charley (#1797), Chuck, Chip, Curley, Carrol, Karol, Carroll, Chas, Cary, Charls, Charlton, Charly and Caryl are the prominent varying forms of Charles (#50). Usage of these relations of Charles was widespread among parents during the years 1880-1889 (ADOPTION OF 5.75%) and is now much reduced (ADOPTION 0.74%, DOWN 87%). Charles is the longstanding favorite, though Arlo has become trendy as well, while versions like Charley have become less popular.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Barnes, Cable, Caelen, Caile, Cailey, Caleb▲, Caley, Callis, Callys, Carden, Carew, Carey▼, Carley, Carlin, Carlow, Carlsen, Carly, Carmel, Carmen▼, Carne, Carney, Carrey, Carrlos, Carsen, Carter▲, Carvel, Carver, Cayle, Cayleb, Chace, Chalklea (see Chalkley), Chalkley, Chalmer, Chalmers, Chalney (see Chaney), Chambers, Chance, Chandler▼, Chane, Chaney, Chaniel, Channe, Chanse, Chanyel, Chanze, Chaplin, Chaps, Charleston, Charleton, Charro, Chase▲, Chasen, Chayce, Chayne, Chayse, Cheslea (see Chesley), Chesley, Choresh (see Koresh), Chriss, Claes, Clare▼, Clarens, Clarey, Clarke, Clarons (see Clarence), Coakley, Corless, Corley, Cortes, Cranlee (see Cranley), Cranley, Dalles, Fares, Ghilles (see Gillies) and Narses. These names tend to be less commonly used than Charles.See names in meaning and etymology.