Gender: Female Meaning of Charlene: "free man" Origin of Charlene: Variation of Caroline or Charlotte, feminine form of Charles

Charlene Origin and Meaning

The name Charlene is a girl's name meaning "free man".

Charlene is a Charlotte variation that, along with similar names like Arlene and Marlene, spiked in popularity in the 1940s and fifties, reaching a high of Number 100 in 1949. Most parents today would prefer one of the note classic versions -- or even nickname Charlie.

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fearlessfirefly Says:


Carlotta, Charla and Charlotta would work too.

TechnoKitten Says:


IMO,best feminine variation.

headintheclouds Says:


Two-syllable girl names ending in -lene/ "leen" do seem more dated to the boomer-generation in my mind-- Eileen, Marlene, Arlene, Jolene, and Charlene. They have a lovely, elegant and softer sound that I can appreciate, but I personally gravitate more towards other name sounds and variants like Charlize and Charlotte before Charlene.
I'm the type of namer who, to honor e.g. an Aunt Charlene, would go for Charlotte for my daughter instead, put a slight twist on it rather than use the exact name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Even though I personally prefer Charlotte, Charlene is a beautiful alternative, especially for those who like the nickname Charlie, but feel that Charlotte is too popular for their personal tastes.

Alicia1 Says:


I had a friend named Charlene back in the 70's - 80's. She was the only Char i've ever known. Thanks to her, I have a positive association with this name. I agree with other posters that Charli would be a cute nn.

linda Says:


OK, please note that I have changed the description of Charlene.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


True. I will remove them. Thanks for not being rude. I will be nicer on here now.

mckaylalove Says:


The same could be said about your comments.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


That name description is SO RUDE! One of my good friends is named Charlene. This doesn't describe her at all. Stop being so judgmental, Nameberry! Honestly, they need to put actual descriptions and NOT biased and insensitive comments.