What does Charles mean?
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 favoured 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.
Charles has 27 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 and Karoly.
Affiliated boy name: Curley.more]
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. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Charles for boys. Charles reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #51 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Charles and associated names. Carlos (#117 2 years ago), Charlie (#225), Arlo (#539), Carl (#613), Chad (#703), Chip, Chuck, Karl, Chaz, Curley, Carlo, Carroll, Cary, Charley, Carrol and Chas are the prominent varying forms of Charles (#51 2 years ago). Usage of these relations of Charles was widespread among parents during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4544%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.2207%, down 51.4%). Charles is the longstanding favorite, though Carlos has become trendy as well, while versions like Chad, Carl, Karl, Carlo and Chaz have become less popular. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)