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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 Monroe Schulz, American cartoonist
Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones, American animator
Charles Bukowski, American novelist
Charles Mingus Jr., American jazz musician
Charles Trenet, French singer
Charles Darwin, English naturalist
Charles Peete "Charlie" Rose, Jr., American broadcast presenter
Charles Phillip Ingalls, the father of Laura Ingalls Wilder, known for her Little House on the Prairie series of books.
Charles Perrault, folklorist
Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), son of John Quincy Adams
Prince Charles, Princess Diana's ex, Princes Henry & William's father
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry, American musician
Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr., American musician
Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy, English actor ("The Nanny" & "Days of Our Lives")/the 5th Baron Shaughnessy
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
Charles Babbage, English polymath
Charles Grodin, American actor
Charles Howard, owner of the racehorse Seabiscuit

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 Francis 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
Charles Trippy, YouTube personality, bassist of band We The Kings
Charles 'Charlie' Weasley, from Harry Potter
Charles Dalimar, character from the Ravenhearst series in Big Fish games' Mystery case files (Victor's father)

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)