Meaning and name origin
Charley \ch(ar)-ley\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Charley), is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Charley is "free man". Charley is a variant of Charles (Old German): from "karl", similar to Old English "churl", meaning "man, serf".
Charley is a somewhat popular first name for males (#727 out of 1220, Top 60%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#7423 out of 88799, Top 8%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Charley for boys. Charley reached its highest rank of #69 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Charley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charles (#51), Charlie (#225) and Charley. (2014 statistics).