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Gender: M Meaning of Charlie: "free man" Origin of Charlie: English, diminutive of Charles Charlie's Popularity in 2015: #229

Charlie is one of the friendliest names on the planet, and Good-time Charlie is back. More and more parents (of babies of both genders) these days are opting to put the friendly, genial Charlie on birth certificates--though we'd recommend you use Charlie as a pet form of the more serious Charles. In the UK, Charlie is the fourth most popular name for boys -- though in the States, it actually now ranks higher for girls.

Charlie has dozens and dozens of pop cultural references, from Charlie Chaplin to Charlie McCarthy to "Charlie's Angels" to Charlie Parker to Charlie Sheen to Charlie Rose. It derives, of course, from the classic name Charles which, in turn, comes from a German word meaning "free man." Charles became very popular in France during the Middle Ages due to the fame of Charles the Great, aka Charlemagne.

Putting nicknames on the birth certificate is very much a growing trend. Current celebs who have chosen Charlie for their sons include Tiger Woods, Mimi Rogers, Soledad O'Brien and Sarah Chalke.

Famous People Named Charlie

Charles Joseph "Charlie" McDermott, American actor
Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Irwin Estevez), American actor
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, English actor and director
Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels, American country musician
Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. American jazz musician
Charles Peete "Charlie" Rose, Jr., American journalist and TV host
Charles Peckham "Charlie" Day, American actor
Charles deWolf "Charlie" Gibson, American TV journalist
Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman, American film director and screenwriter
Charles Joseph "Charlie" McDonnell, (charlieissocoollike), English vlogger
Charles "Charlie" Callas, American comedian and actor
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Crowe, son of actor Russell Crowe
Charles "Charlie" Carver, American actor; twin brother Max Carver
Charlie Rhodes Afifi, son of Canadian actress Sarah Chalke
Charles "Charlie" Tahan, American actor
Charlie John Rowe, English actor
Charles George "Charlie" Macartney, Australian cricketer
Charles "Charlie" Bassett, American Old Western lawman
Charles Doyle "Charlie" Haas, American pro wrestler
Charlie Thomas Cox, English actor
Charlie Ocean Goldblum, son of American actor Jeff Goldblum
Charles Robert "Charlie" Simpson, member of British band Busted

Pop Culture References for the name Charlie

Charlie Brown, main character in comic strip "Peanuts"
Charlie Townsend, unseen character in "Charlie's Angels," TV and movie series
Charlie Peaceful, character in Michael Morpurgo's "Private Peaceful"
Charlie Harper, character on TV's "Two and a Half Men" played by Charlie Sheen
Charlie Kelly, character on TV's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," played by Charlie Day
Charlie Sonner, character from Lauren Child's "Charlie and Lola"
Charlie Pace, a character on TV's "LOST"
Charlie the Tuna, the cartoon mascot for StarKist Tuna
Charlie Francis, a character on TV's "Fringe"
"Charlie the Unicorn," YouTube cartoon
"The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud," novel by Ben Turner and 2010 film
Charlie, character in short story "Amanda's Awakening" by author Cheri Lille
Charlie Bucket, main character in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Charlie Bone, main character in Jenny Nimmo's "Children of the Red King" series
Charlie Blossom, character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
Charlie Croker, character in movie "The Italian Job"
Charlie Venner, character in movie "Straw Dogs,"
Charles "Charlie" Fineman, character in movie "Reign Over Me"
Charlie Brooks, character on TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Charlie Swan, Bella's father in the Twilight Saga
Charlie Kelmeckis, main character in Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower "
Charlie Conway, character in The Mighty Ducks movies
Charlie Calvin, character in The Santa Clause movies
Charles "Charlie" Eppes, one of the main characters on TV's "Numb3rs"
Charles "Charlie" Hutchison, character on TV's "Red Band Society"
Charlie Dog, Looney Tunes character
Charlie B. Barkin, dog in the "All Dogs Go to Heaven" film series
Charlie Muffin, main character in the Charlie M series by Brian Freemantle
"Good Luck Charlie," TV series about a female Charlie
"Charlie Hebdo," French satirical journal
Charlie Weasley, character in the "Harry Potter" series
"Charlie Bit Me", viral YouTube video

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