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What does Chuck mean?

Chuck Pronunciation of Chuck [chuck] as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Chuck is "free man". Pet form of Charles. Originally a nickname from a term for endearment (from Middle English "chukken", meaning "to chuck"). Cartoon director Chuck Jones; musician Chuck Mangione; aviation pioneer Colonel Chuck Yaeger.

Associated with: pioneer (leader).


Chuck has 1 variant: Chuckie.

5 more relations via Charles: Chad, Chas, Chaz, Chick and Chip.

Creative forms:
(male) Cauck, Chauck, ..

(female) Chuce, Chucy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chuck Fletcher (C.F.), ..

How popular is Chuck?

Chuck is a very popular first name for males (#547 out of 1220, Top 45%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#24873 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Chuck was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its apex rank of #282 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Chuck are Chad (#763 from recent data), Charles (#50), Chas, Chaz (#1430), Chip and Chuckie. These relations of Chuck were at the top of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 4.3%) and have become much less popular since (adoption 0.4%, 91% less), with versions like Charles becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chuck, Chad, Charles, Chas, Chaz in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chip, Chuckie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Chuck is alike in pronunciation to Chic and Chik. Other suggested similar names are Buck, Chace, Chico, Crock, Luck and Tuck. These names tend to be less frequently used than Chuck.

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