French, feminine diminutive of Charles
"free man"

Charlotte Origin and Meaning

The name Charlotte is a girl's name of French origin meaning "free man".

Charlotte, the name of the young Princess of Cambridge, is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella at the top of the popularity list. It is now among the most popular girl names in many English-speaking and European countries.

The feminine form of Charles, Charlotte derived from Charlot, a French diminutive of Charles meaning "little Charles" and the name of Charlemagne’s son in French literature and legend. The name was popularized by England's Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III.

Queen Charlotte was the mother of fifteen children and a patron of Mozart and Bach. She and George ruled England in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century during the French and American revolutions.

Charlotte is an elegant royal name, with a host of widely varied role models, from Charlotte Brontë to the spidery protagonist of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web to the more recent Charlotte York, aka the prissy one, of Sex and the City. Charlotte is appealing to a wide range of parents because it sounds feminine yet grownup, sophisticated yet lush.

Charlotte is a pop culture staple—it was Scarlett Johansson's character in Lost in Translation and has been featured on TV shows like Lost and Revenge. The band Good Charlotte was named for a children's book with that title. An all-around winner of a name, Charlotte has been chosen by Chelsea Clinton, Dylan McDermott, Colin Hanks, and Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.

In addition to Charlie, Lottie makes a cute nickname.

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Charlotte Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Charlotte Popularity

Famous People Named Charlotte

  • Charlotte BrontëEnglish writer
  • Charlotte Adelgonde Elisabeth Marie WilhelmineGrand Duchess of Luxembourg
  • (Sophia) Charlotte of MecklenburgStrelitz, Queen consort of George III of the United Kingdom
  • Charlotte Augusta MatildaQueen consort of Frederick of Württemberg, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom; daughter of George III
  • Charlotte Augusta of WalesPrincess of the United Kingdom; daughter of King George IV, one,time heir to the British throne
  • Charlotte Louise Juliette Grimaldi de MonacoPrincess of Monaco, Duchess of Valentinois, daughter of Prince Louis II
  • Charlotte Perkins GilmanAmerican writer and sociologist
  • Charlotte Emma Aitchison aka "Charli XCX"English singer,songwriter
  • Charlotte ArmstrongAmerican author
  • Charlotte BronteEnglish novelist
  • Charlotte McKinneyAmerican model
  • Charlotte PerriandFrench architect and designer
  • Charlotte Sometimes (born Jessica Charlotte Poland) aka LacesAmerican singer
  • Charlottering name of Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr, American pro wrestler; daughter of wrestler Ric Flair
  • Charlotte Maria ChurchWelsh classical singer
  • Charlotte SullivanCanadian actress
  • Charlotte Ann MartinAmerican singer
  • Charlotte JaconelliEnglish singer of duo Jonathan and Charlotte
  • Charlotte Rae (Lubotsky)American actress
  • Charlotte LewisEnglish actress
  • Charlotte RossAmerican actress
  • Charlotte D'AmboiseAmerican actress
  • Charlotte Lucy GainsbourgFrench actress and singer
  • Charlotte Cordayassassin of French revolutionary leader Jean,Paul Marat
  • Charlotte Hawkins BrownAmerican educator
  • (Charlotte) Kemp MuhlAmerican fashion model
  • Charlotte FreeAmerican fashion model
  • Charlotte SaltEnglish actress
  • Charlotte ArnoldCanadian actress
  • Charlotte ZolotowAmerican writer
  • Charlotte HarrisAmerican cellist
  • (Tessa) Charlotte RamplingEnglish actress
  • Charlotte ValandreyFrench actress
  • Charlotte RichieEnglish actress and singer
  • Charlotte CaslickAustralian rugby player
  • Charlotte TilburyBritish make,up artist
  • Charlotte OCstage name of Charlotte Mary O'Connor, British singer,songwriter
  • Charlotte Georgine Luise FriederikeDuchess of Mecklenburg,Strelitz, Duchess of Saxe,Hildburghausen
  • (Viktoria Elisabeth Auguste) CharlottePrincess of Prussia, Duchess of Saxe,Meiningen as the wife of Bernhard III
  • (Frederica Louise Wilhelmina Marianne) CharlottePrincess of Prussia, Hereditary Princess of Saxe,Meiningen
  • CharlottePrincess of Württemberg aka Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia
  • (Marie) Charlotte Amalie Ernestine Wilhelmine PhilippinePrincess of Saxe,Meiningen, Duchess consort of Saxe,Gotha,Altenburg
  • (Louise) CharlottePrincess of Denmark, Princess William of Hesse,Kassel
  • CharlotteLatitia Crosby, British reality TV personality ("Geordie Shore")
  • Charlotte Brosnanlate daughter of actor Pierce Brosnan
  • Charlotte Janelle Dolenzdaughter of singer Micky Dolenz
  • Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghidaughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Charlotte Rose Meyerdaughter of singer Rickie Lee Jones and Pascal Nabet Meyer
  • Charlotte Simpsondaughter of actress Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson
  • Charlotte Pencedaughter of U.S. VP Mike Pence
  • Charlotte Frielsdaughter of actress Judy Davis and Colin Friels
  • Charlotte Frances Ritchiedaughter of actress Kate Burton and Michael Ritchie
  • Charlotte Sarah Lawrencedaughter of producer Bill Lawrence and actress Christa Miller
  • Charlotte Emily Sloanedaughter of actress Embeth Davidtz and Jason Sloane
  • Charlotte Rose McDermott (b. 2005)daughter of actors Dylan McDermott and Shiva Rose
  • Charlotte d'Arabian (b. 2006)daughter of TV chef Melissa d'Arabian
  • Charlotte Grace Prinze (b. 2009)daughter of actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
  • Charlotte Brewster Bancroft (b. 2010)daughter of TV journalist Andrea Canning and Tony Bancroft
  • Charlotte Grace Waterman (b. 2012)daughter of TV personality Jen Schefft and Joe Waterman
  • Charlotte Diana Spencer (b. 2012)daughter of Charles Spencer, Earl Spencer; niece of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Charlotte Easton Gillies (b. 2013)daughter of actors Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies
  • Charlotte Bryant Hanks (b. 2013)daughter of actor Colin Hanks
  • Charlotte Naughton (b. 2013)daughter of actress Kelli O'Hara and Greg Naughton
  • Charlotte Crosby (b. 2013)daughter of NFL player Mason Crosby
  • Charlotte Kay Hansen (b. 2013)daughter of swimmer Brendan Hansen
  • Charlotte Jo Benson (b. 2014)daughter of actress Rebecca Budig and Michael Benson
  • Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky (b. 2014)daughter of Chelsea Clinton; granddaughter of U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (b. 2015)Princess of the UK; daughter of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • Charlotte Rice (b. 2016)daughter of composer Tim Rice
  • Charlotte Corden (b.2017)daughter of comedian James Corden and Julia Carey
  • Charlotte Rose McCaw (b. 2018)daughter of retired New Zealand rugby union player Richie McCaw & field hockey player Gemma McCa

Charlotte in Pop Culture

  • Charlotte (Charlie) Louise Wentworthmain female character in Scarlett Avery’s book “Delectably British”.
  • Charlottespider in E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web"
  • Charlotte DiLaurentis aka CeCe Drake aka A (born Charles DiLaurentis)character in the "Pretty Little Liars" series
  • Charlottewitch in anime "Puella Magi Madoka Magica"
  • Charlotte Lucascharacter in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
  • Charlotte Heywoodmain character in Jane Austen's "Sanditon"
  • Charlotte "Chuck" Charlescharacter on TV's "Pushing Daisies"
  • Charlotte Yorkcharacter on TV's "Sex and the City"
  • Charlotte "Charlie" Newtoncharacter in movie "Shadow of a Doubt"
  • Charlotte Staples Lewischaracter on TV's "Lost'
  • Charlotte Hollismain character in movie "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte"
  • Charlottecharacter in movie "Lost in Translation"
  • Charlotte Adamscharacter in Disney's "As the Bell Rings"
  • Charlotte "Charley" Pollardcharacter in Doctor Who's Big Finish Audios
  • Charlotte Thorntoncharacter in HER Interactive's "Ghost of Thornton Hall"
  • Charlotte Branwellcharacter in the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
  • Charlotte "Charley" Davidsonof the Charley Davidson book series by Darynda Jones
  • Charlotte "Charlie" Duncancharacter on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
  • Charlotte La Bouffcharacter from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"
  • Charlotte Graysoncharacter on TV's "Revenge"
  • SarahCharlotte Sherwood, character in "The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney
  • Charlotte Anne Janecharacter on TV's "The Mentalist"
  • Charlotte McKenziecharacter in the "Grown Ups" movies
  • Charlotte Dennoncharacter in movie "Elf"
  • Charlotte Kingcharacter on TV's "Private Practice"
  • Charlotte St. Johncharacter in movie "The Wives he Forgot"
  • Charlotte Leecharacter in "Perfect Harmony" by Barbara Wood
  • Charlotte Sommersetcharacter in video game "Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst"
  • Charlotte aka Javottename occasionally used for Cinderella's eldest stepsister
  • Charlottecharacter on TV's "Recovery Road"
  • Charlotte Rhodescharacter on TV's "Gossip Girl"
  • Charlotte Honoria Holmescharacter in Brittany Cavallaro's Charlotte Holmes novels
  • Charlotte AndersonCharacter in Australian TV series "The Sleepover Club"
  • Charlotte Richardsmother of Lucifer on the TV series "Lucifer"
  • Charlotte Picklesmother of Angelica on animated series Rugrats
  • Charlotte Watsfordcharacter on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
  • Charlotte F. Liddelcharacter in webcomic "Pickled Punks"
  • "Charlotte Sometimes" 2002 movie
  • "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" novel by Avi
  • Good Charlottean American rock band
  • Charlotte Russedessert and chain clothing store named after it
  • Charlottecity in North Carolina, USA
  • Charlotte Amaliecapital of the US Virgin Islands
  • Charlottetowncapital of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Charlotte Browncharacter in the My Sister the Vampire book series
  • Charlotte Doyleprotagonist in Avi's "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"
  • Charlottecharacter from the video game "Fire Emblem Fates"
  • Charlotte "Charlie" Cantilinimain character played by Jennifer Lopez in the 2005 film "Monster,in,Law"
  • Charlotte Hazecharacter in Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita"
  • Charlotte Goodallcharacter in Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana

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