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Gender: M Meaning of Charlie: "free man" Origin of Charlie: English, diminutive of Charles Charlie's Popularity in 2013: #233

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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.

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.

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Famous People Named Charlie

Charles Joseph "Charlie" McDermott, American actor
Charlie Sheen, American actor
Charlie Chaplin, English comic actor
Charlie Parker, American jazz musician
Charlie Rose, American journalist and TV host
Charlie Day, American actor
Charlie McDonnell (charlieissocoollike), vlogger and entertainer
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
Charlie Tahan, American child actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Charlie

Charlie Brown, from the comic strip Peanuts
Charlie's Angels, US show and movie
Charlie Peaceful, in Michael Morpurgo's "Private Peaceful"
Charlie Harper, character in Two and a Half Men
Charlie Kelly, from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Charlie Sonner, character from Lauren Child's Charlie and Lola
Charlie Pace, a character on the show LOST
Charlie Francis, a character from the TV show Fringe
"Charlie the Unicorn," YouTube cartoon
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," book by Roald Dahl
Charlie Bone, from Jenny Nimmo's Children of the Red King Series
Charlie Blossom, from the TV series "The Worst Witch"
Charlie Croker, from the movie "The Italian Job"
Charlie Venner, from "Straw Dogs, played by Alexander Skarsgard
Charles "Charlie" Fineman, from movie "Reign Over Me"
Charlie Brooks, character in TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Charlie Swan is Bella's father in Twilight
Charlie, main character of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Good Luck Charlie, show on Disney Channel
Charles "Charlie" Eppes: One of the main characters on Numb3rs

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