English, diminutive of Charles
"free man"

Charlie Origin and Meaning

The name Charlie is a boy's name of English origin meaning "free man".

Charlie 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, also known as Charlemagne. Charley is an alternate spelling.

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.

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.

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

  • Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Irwin Estevez)American actor
  • Charles Spencer "Charlie" ChaplinEnglish actor and director
  • Charles Otto "Charlie" Puth Jr.American singer,songwriter
  • Charles Edward "Charlie" DanielsAmerican country musician
  • Charles "Charlie" ParkerJr. American jazz
  • musician
  • Charlie BarnesBritish indie musician and touring member of British band Bastille.
  • Charles Peete "Charlie" RoseJr., American journalist and TV host
  • Charles Matthew "Charlie" HunnamBritish actor
  • Charles Peckham "Charlie" DayAmerican actor
  • Charles deWolf "Charlie" GibsonAmerican TV journalist
  • Charles Stuart "Charlie" KaufmanAmerican film director and screenwriter
  • Charles Joseph "Charlie" McDonnell(charlieissocoollike), English vlogger
  • Charles "Charlie" CallasAmerican comedian and actor
  • Charles "Charlie" TahanAmerican actor
  • Charlie BilodeauCanadian pair skater
  • Charlie John RoweEnglish actor
  • Charles George "Charlie" MacartneyAustralian cricketer
  • Charles "Charlie" BassettAmerican Old Western lawman
  • Charles Doyle "Charlie" HaasAmerican pro wrestler
  • Charles Robert "Charlie" Simpsonmember of British band Busted
  • Charlie Thomas CoxEnglish actor
  • Charles "Charlie" CarverAmerican actor; twin brother Max Carver
  • Charles Joseph "Charlie" McDermottAmerican actor
  • Charlie BarnettAmerican actor
  • Charlie McDowellAmerican film director; son of actors Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell
  • Charlie Matthauson of actor Walter Matthau
  • Charles "Charlie" Laurie (b. 1988)son of actor Hugh Laurie
  • Charlie Gilmour (b. 1991)son of guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
  • Charlie Ciaffason of actress Mimi Rogers and Chris Ciaffa
  • Charles Spencer "Charlie" Croweson of actor Russell Crowe
  • Charlie Harrison (b. 2002)son of actress Rebecca Lacey and Paul Harrison
  • Charles "Charlie" Raymond (b. 2004)son of TV journalist Soledad O'Brien and Bradley Raymond
  • Charlie Hill (b. 2007)son of singer Claire Richards and Reece Hill
  • Charlie Rhodes Afifi (b. 2009)son of actress Sarah Chalke and Jamie Afifi
  • Charlie Moonves (b 2009)son of TV presenter Julie Chen and executive Les Moonves
  • Charlie Quivrin (b. 2009)son of actors Alice Taglioni and Jocelyn Quivrin
  • Charlie McEnroe (b. 2009)son of tennis players John McEnroe and Ashley Harkleroad
  • Charlie Axel Woods (b. 2009)son of golfer Tiger Woods
  • Charlie Austin Cryerson of actors Jon Cryer and Sarah Trigger
  • Charlie Hedman (b. 2011)son of model/singer Magdalene Graaf and footballer Magnus Hedman
  • Charlie Emery (b. 2012)son of actors Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer; twin sister Poppy
  • Charlie Alcott (b. 2013)son of TV presenter Katy Ashworth and Ben Alcott
  • Charlie Wnuk (b. 2014)son of actors Yvonne Catterfeld and Oliver Wnuk
  • Charlie West Arquette (b. 2014)son of actor David Arquette
  • Charlie Ocean Goldblum (b. 2015)son of actor Jeff Goldblum
  • Charlie Kirk (b. 1993)founder of Turning Point U.S.A
  • Charlie HeatonAmerican actor
  • Charlie Wolf Pechenik (b. 2017)son of American actress and singer,songwriter Zooey Deschanel
  • Charlie Ralph Faulborn (b. 2018)son of American actress Kelli Giddish

Charlie in Pop Culture

  • Charlie Brownmain character in the Peanuts comic strip and series
  • Charlie Townsendunseen character in "Charlie's Angels," TV and movie series
  • Charlie Weasleycharacter in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Charlie Peacefulcharacter in Michael Morpurgo's "Private Peaceful"
  • Charlie Harpercharacter on TV's "Two and a Half Men," played by Charlie Sheen
  • Charlie Kellycharacter on TV's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," played by Charlie Day
  • Charlie Sonnercharacter from Lauren Child's "Charlie and Lola"
  • Charlie Pacea character on TV's "LOST"
  • Charlie the Tunathe cartoon mascot for StarKist Tuna
  • Charlie Francisa 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
  • Charliecharacter in short story "Amanda's Awakening" by author Cheri Lille
  • Charlie Bucketmain character in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • Charlie Bonemain character in Jenny Nimmo's "Children of the Red King" series
  • Charlie Blossomcharacter on TV's "The Worst Witch"
  • Charlie Crokercharacter in movie "The Italian Job"
  • Charlie Vennercharacter in movie "Straw Dogs,"
  • Charles "Charlie" Finemancharacter in movie "Reign Over Me"
  • Charlie Brookscharacter on TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger"
  • Charlie Kiddcharacter in "Sims" series
  • Charlie SwanBella's father in the Twilight Saga
  • Charlie Kelmeckismain character in Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower "
  • Charlie Conwaycharacter in The Mighty Ducks movies
  • Charlie Calvincharacter in The Santa Clause movies
  • Charles "Charlie" Eppesa main character on TV's "Numb3rs"
  • Charles "Charlie" Hutchisoncharacter on TV's "Red Band Society"
  • Charlie DogLooney Tunes character
  • Charlie B. Barkindog in the "All Dogs Go to Heaven" film series
  • Charlie Muffinmain character in the Charlie M series by Brian Freemantle
  • CharlieDory's father in Pixar's "Finding Dory"
  • Charlie Heskethantagonist from "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
  • "Good Luck Charlie" TV series about a female Charlie
  • "Charlie Hebdo" French satirical journal
  • Charlie Bucktincharacter in book and movie "Jasper Jones"
  • "Charlie Bit Me"viral YouTube video
  • Charlie Cobaltcharacter in the Addicted Series
  • Charlie Pricemain character in the broadway musical "Kinky Boots"
  • Charlie Springcharacter in web comic 'Heartstopper' by Alice Oseman

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