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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 Dickens, author
Charles Dance, actor
Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist
Charles Trenet, French singer
Charles Darwin, English naturalist
Charles Perrault, folklorist
Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), son of John Quincy Adams
Prince Charles, Princess Diana's ex, Prince Henry & William's father
Charles Trippy, YouTube personality, bassist of band We The Kings
Charles Shaughnessy, Actor on The Nanny & Days of our Lives
Charles Michael Davis, American Model & Actor
Charles "Chuck" Lorre, creator of Two & a Half Men/Big Bang Theory
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Crowe, son of actor Russell Crowe
Charles "Charlie" Carver, American actor; twin brother Max Carver
Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor
Charles Elmer "Rip" Taylor Jr, American actor
Charles Edward Spearman, renowned English psychologist
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 - winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Pop Culture References for the Name Charles

Charles Augustus Milverton, antagonist in Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Sherlock Holmes' short stories (surname changed to Magnussen in the BBC adaptation)
Charles Bingley, character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Charles "Chuck" Bass, "Gossip Girl"
Charles Xavier, AKA Professor X, from "X-Men"
Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski, main character on "Chuck"
Charles "Trip" Tucker, from Star Trek: Enterprise
Charles "Charlie" Fineman, from movie "Reign Over Me"
Charles "Chuck" Levine, from "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: One of the main characters on Numb3rs

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)