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Gender: M Meaning of Charles: "free man" Origin of Charles: French from German Charles's Popularity in 2013: #57

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Charles is a longtime traditional favorite that was in the Top 10 until the 1960s. Lately Charles has been resuscitated by many celeb parents, from Jodie Foster to Russell Crowe, honoring a distinguished history dating back to the emperor Charlemagne -- the original Charles the Great.

Charles has been so well used for so long that it is virtually faceless--it can conjure up anyone from Dickens to Chaplin to Bronson. It has been an elegant royal name--designating both Bonnie Prince Charlie, leader of a 1745 rebellion, and the present Prince of Wales, as well as kings of France, Spain, England, Portugal and Hungary.

Nickname Charlie (and Charley) has taken on a life of its own and is now a popular choice for both sexes. And though Chuck is now virtually gone, Chaz/Chazz is becoming a nickname of choice.

Among the well used international versions of Charles: Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Karel, Xarles, Charlot and Siarl.

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Famous People Named Charles

Charles I "the Great" aka Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles II-VI, Holy Roman Emperors
Charles I and II, Kings of England
Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, British heir apparent
Charles Martel, Duke of the Franks
Charles II-IV, Kings of Spain
Charles II-X, Kings of France
Charles I-XV, Kings of Sweden
Charles I, King of Portugal
Charles I-IV, Kings of Hungary
Charles John Huffam Dickens, English novelist
Charles Robert Darwin, English naturalist
Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle, President of France
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, English actor
Charles Warren Fairbanks, 26th U.S. Vice President
Charles Gates Dawes, 30th U.S. Vice President
Charles Curtis, 31st U.S. Vice President
(Walter) Charles Dance, English actor
Charles Monroe Schulz, American cartoonist
Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones, American animator
(Henry) Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski), American novelist
Charles Mingus Jr., American jazz musician
(Louis) Charles Auguste Claude Trenet, French singer-songwriter
Charles Wade Barkley, American basketball player
Charles Peete "Charlie" Rose, Jr., American broadcast presenter
Charles Phillip Ingalls, father of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky), American actor
Charles Boyer, French actor
Charles Perrault, French folklorist
Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), son of U.S. President John Quincy Adams
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry, American musician
Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr., American musician
Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy, 5th Baron Shaughnessy, English actor
Charles Michael Davis, American model & actor
Charles "Chuck" Lorre, American TV writer and producer
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Crowe, son of actor Russell Crowe
Charles "Charlie" Carver, American actor; twin brother Max Carver
Charles Edward Durning, American actor
John Charles Carter, birth name of American actor Charlton Heston
Charles Samuel "Chas" Addams, American cartoonist
Charles Henry Holden, English architect
Charles Atangana, Cameroonian chief
Charles Kuralt, American TV journalist
Charles-Valentin Alkan, French composer
Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer
Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor
Charles deWolf "Charlie" Gibson, American TV journalist
Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman, American film director and writer
Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence
Charles Elmer "Rip" Taylor Jr, American actor
Charles Peckham "Charlie" Day, American actor/comedian
Charles George "Charlie" Macartney, Australian cricketer
Charles Edward Spearman, renowned English psychologist
Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish politician and revolutionary
Charles Devoe, American model
Charles Conrad "Chad" Lowe, American actor and brother of Rob Lowe
Charles W. Misner, American physicist
Charles Michael "Bucky" Lasek, American pro skateboarder
Charles McHugh O'Donnell, son of American actor Chris O'Donnell
Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss politician and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Charles Babbage, English polymath
Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor, former president of Liberia
Charles "Charlie" Bassett, American Western figure
Charles Doyle "Charlie" Haas II, American pro wrestler
Charles Grodin, American actor
Charles Stewart Howard, American owner of racehorse Seabiscuit
Charles Rocket (born Charles Adams Claverie), American actor/comedian

Pop Culture References for the Name Charles

Charles Augustus Milverton (or Magnussen), villain in the 'Sherlock Holmes' series
Charles Bingley, character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Charles "Chuck" Bass, character in the "Gossip Girl" series
Charles Francis Xavier aka Professor X, from "X-Men"
Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski, main character on TV's "Chuck"
Charles "Trip" Tucker, character on TV's "Star Trek: Enterprise"
Charles "Charlie" Fineman, character in movie "Reign Over Me"
Charles "Chuck" Levine, character in movie "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"
Charles Lee, character in the video game "Assassin's Creed III" (based on a historical Revolutionary War general of the same name)
Charles "Charlie" Eppes, character on TV's "Numb3rs"
Charles 'Charlie' Weasley, character in the Harry Potter series
Charles Dalimar, character in video game Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst series

Carl, Carroll, Cary, Chad, Charley, Charlie, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Chas, Chay, Chaz, Chazz, Chick, Chip, Cholly, Chuck

Charles's International Variations

Xarles (Basque) Karel (Dutch) Kaarle (Finnish) Charlot (French) Tearlach (Gaelic) Karl (German) Károly (Hungarian) Carlus (Irish) Séarlas (Irish Gaelic) Carlo (Italian) Karol, Carel (Polish) Carlos (Spanish) Siarl (Welsh)