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What does Charly mean?

Charly Pronunciation of Charly [char-ly] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Charly) has its root in Old German, and the meaning of Charly is "free man". Charly is an alternate form of Charles (Old German): from "karl". Charly is also a derivative of Charlie (Old German).


Charly has 1 variant: Charley.

14 more alternative forms via Charles, Charlie: Carel, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Cary, Caryl, Chad, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Chas, Chaz, Karl and Karoly.

Creative forms:
(male) Chaily, Charlow, ..

(female) Charlia, Charne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Charly Garrett (C.G.), ..

How popular is Charly?

Charly is an uncommonly occurring given name for males. Charly is also an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Charly was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #1408 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charly name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Charly rated in the Top 2000 are Carl (#600 from current records), Carlo (#1258), Carlos (#117), Cary, Caryl, Chad (#763), Charles (#50), Charley (#1797), Charlie (#229), Charls, Charlton, Chas, Chaz (#1430) and Karl (#1082). These relations of Charly reached the top of their popularity in the 1880s (median #947) and are now significantly less widespread (#1288, down 87.6%), with versions such as Charles becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charly, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Cary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caryl, Chad, Charles, Charley, Charlie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charls, Charlton, Chas, Chaz, Karl in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carl, Charles, Charlie, Karl outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Baily, Birly, Cacey, Cadby, Caile, Caily, Cal, Caley, Callys, Carey, Carley, Carlow, Carly, Carlyle, Carne, Carney, Carny, Caroll, Carwyn, Caryll, Chadric, Chai, Chaim, Chairo, Champ, Chaney, Chang, Chano, Chantz, Chany, Chappy, Charro, Chauncy, Chayce, Chayim, Chesly, Chesny, Chill, Chris, Clarey, Clark, Clarke, Claro, Clarry, Clay, Cleary, Coakley, Coakly (see Coakley), Corley, Corry, Corty, Courey, Cranly (see Cranley), Crosly (see Crosley), Croy, Cully, Curley, Daly, Early, Everly, Farly, Hadly, Haily (see Haley), Hanly, Harly, Hawly, Marly, Moorly, Morly, Pauly, Radly, Rawly, Shelly, Wally and Wheatly. These names tend to be more commonly used than Charly.

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