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What does Charley mean?

Charley Pronunciation of Charley as a name for boys (also used more generally as girls' name Charley) has its root in Old German, and the meaning of Charley is "free man". Charley is a variant form of Charles (Old German): from "karl".



VARIANTS Charly, Charlie

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA CHARLES Carel, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Cary, Charleson, Charlot, Charls, Charlton



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How popular is Charley?

Charley is a somewhat popular first name for males (#727 out of 1220, Top 60%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#8314 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Charley was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #69 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #1622. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Carl (#700 VIA LATEST LIST), Carlo (#1209), Carlos (#137), Cary, Charles (#52), Charlie (#218), Charls, Charlton and Charly are the prominent variation forms of Charley (#1622). Adoption of these forms of Charley was well-received 138 years ago (MEDIAN #767) and is now much reduced (#1193, 88.4% LESS USAGE).

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charles, Charlie, Charls, Charlton, Charly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Cailey, Caley, Carey, Carley, Carlow, Carly, Carney, Carrey, Chalkley, Chalney (see Chaney), Chancey, Chaney, Chesley, Clarey, Coakley, Corley, Cranley, Curley, Earley, Farley, Harley, Marley, Shanley, Thorley, Warley and Yarley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Charley.

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