Charles - boys name

Charles name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 98%

Charles name meaning:

The name Charles has roots in various languages and cultures, but its most common origin is from the Germanic name Karl, meaning "free man" or "manly." The name Charles became popular in Europe during the medieval period due to the influence of Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, who was a powerful and influential leader. The name has since been associated with strength, bravery, and leadership.

Charles has been a popular name among royalty and nobility throughout history, with several kings and princes bearing the name. In addition, many notable figures in literature, science, and politics have been named Charles, further adding to the name's prestige and significance.

Overall, the name Charles carries connotations of power, masculinity, and nobility. It is a name often associated with leaders, both historical and fictional. Parents who choose the name Charles for their son may hope to instill qualities of strength, courage, and leadership in him.

Origin: German

Man, strong.


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Related names

Charles , Arletta, Caralyn, CarIes, Carilla, Carilyn, Carilynne, CarIo, Carletta, Carlita, Carlotta , Caro, Carola, Carolan, Carolann, Carolanne, Carole, Caroliana, Carolina , Carolo, Carolyne, Carolynn, Chardae, Charlaine, Charlayne, Charlee , Charleen, Charleena, Charlena, Charlene , Charlette, Charley , Charli , Charlie , Charline, Charlisa, Charlita, Charlotta, Charly, Charlyn, Charlynn, Charmayne, Charmine, Chars, Chas, Chatlie, Chattie, Chick, Chuck, Ebbaneza, Ebeneezer, Ebeneser, Ebenezar, Ebenezeer, Estella , Karl , Karla , Karol , Lottie , Lotty , Sharlene, Siarl, Totty

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Overall UK ranking: 91 out of 4789

639 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • England (91)
  • Scotland (182)

Historical popularity of Charles

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