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

The name Charlene is a girl's name meaning "free man". Charlene and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Freedom and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change Two Letters".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Charlene

Charlene Lynette (Wittstock), Princess consort of Albert II of Monaco, South African Olympic swimmer
Charlene Choi, Hong Kong actress and singer of pop group Twins
Charlene L. Tilton, American actress
Charlene Kaye, American singer-songwriter
Charlene deGuzman, American actress
Charlene Polite, American actress
Charlene Mae Gonzales (Bonnin-Muhlach), TV personality and Miss Philippines USA 1994
Charlene Edith Magali Guignard, French-Italian ice dancer
Charlene (Marilynn D'Angelo Oliver), American R&B singer
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, Dutch-British beer heiress
Charlene Elise Fernandez, American politician from Arizona
Charlene Lee McKenna, Irish actress
Charlene Riva Federer (b. 2009), daughter of tennis players Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec, twin sister of Myla Rose

Pop Culture References for the name Charlene

Charlene Fleming, character in film "The Fighter"
Charlene "Charlie" Bradbury, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Charlene Sinclair, character on TV's "Dinosaurs"
Charlene Edna "Lenny" Robinson, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Charlene Frazier Stillfield, character on TV's "Designing Women"
Charlene "Charlie" Roan, main character in film "The Purge: Election Year"
Charlene Doofenshmirtz, character on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
Charlene Matlock, character on TV's "Matlock"
Charlene, a character in the Transformers comics
Charlene "Charley" Davidson, character in animated series "Biker Mice from Mars"
Charlene, rifle belonging to Gomer Pyle in film "Full Metal Jacket"
"Charlene," song by Anthony Hamilton


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.