Gender: Male Meaning of Charlie: "free man" Origin of Charlie: English, diminutive of Charles Charlie's Popularity in 2019: #211

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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Rank in US: #211

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Isabella_188 Says:



Isabella_188 Says:


I like this name for both genders!

Kittylove Says:


This name either makes me think of silent movie actors or Charlie Brown...

Rose McCoy Says:


this name is an ethnic slur

bethlena Says:


I'm not bothered about the meaning of names so much. And if you want to be picky, Madison means son of Maud, and that is used on girls, but it doesn't make it any less of a nice name... I personally adore Charlie for either gender.

bethlena Says:


I adore the name Charlie for both genders!

Yara Says:


I wish the attitude of gendered names could go away already. So what if someone wants to name their daughter "Charlie" or their son "Sasha" (which was originally a boy name anyway)? Is anyone dying because of that decision?

SamO Says:


Caroline means "free man" also. MAN. So what?

ThistleThorn Says:


I love this name! I don't like that people are using it on girls.

broorel Says:


Oh, Charlie. What a perfect name for a little boy. Put "Charles" on the birth certificate and he has a strong, respectable name for any profession. Wait? What's that you say? Charlie is skyrocketing as a girl's name? WHY? The name means free man. Man. Surely all of these women aren't naming their daughter "man" are they? Why yes, yes they are. We can all thank Disney for making this "cute." I say fight back. Hold strong. Refuse to let one of the oldest, most manly of names slip into the trendy hands of the toddlers in tiaras set! This too shall pass. I hope.

Addie88 Says:


I love Charlie! It is definitely a top 10 contender for an actual son. I really dislike Charles, but could live with it being on the birth certificate for the sake of formality, although I am not adverse to just using Charlie straight up. After all, I have "just" a nickname, and it never hindered me.

strawberrydino Says:


I love the name Charlie! It's so adorable.

EDIT: Just met my first Charlie and let's just say his attitude didn't bring this name justice ...