What does Charley mean?
Charley \ch(ar)-ley\ as a name for boys (also used more generally as girls' name Charley). Charley's root is Old German, and the meaning of Charley is "free man". Charley is a variant of Charles (Old German): from "karl". A somewhat irregularly used birth name for boys.
Charley▼ has 24 more alternative forms via Charles: Carel, Carl▼, Carlo▼, Carlos▲, Carrol▼, Carroll▼, Cary▼, Caryl, Chad▼, Charleson, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Chas▼, Chaz▼, Chick, Chip▼, Chuck▼, Karel, Karl▼, Karol, Karolek, Karolik and Karoly.
Charley is a somewhat popular first name for males (#727 out of 1220, Top 60%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#7423 out of 88799, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Charley for boys. Charley reached its peak rank of #69 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Carl (#613 a year ago), Carlo, Carlos (#117), Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad (#703), Charles (#51), Charlie (#225), Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck and Karl are the prominent variation forms of Charley. Usage of these boy names reached its most widespread during 1960-1969 and is now much lower, with forms like Carl, Carlo, Chad, Chaz and Karl becoming somewhat outmoded. Carlos (#117) and Charlie (#225) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation, with Charlie undergoing a resurgence in usage. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Charley and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)