Gender: Female Meaning of Charlie: "free man" Origin of Charlie: Diminutive of Charles or Charlotte Charlie's Popularity in 2018: #152

Charlie Origin and Meaning

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

Charlie is one of the friendly, tomboyish male nickname names--another is Sam-- now used almost as frequently for girls: in 2015, it ranked higher on the girls list than on the boys list for the first time. That makes Charlie one of the most popular unisex names around today. The name Charlie, for females, has been jumping up the charts since it reappeared, after a 50-year hibernation, in 2005.

Charlie has been a favorite for starbaby girls, including the twin daughter of Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell and the daughter of Julie Chen and Les Moonves. Jeremy Sisto has a hyphenated Charlie-Ballerina. And as Charlotte gets more popular, there will only be more little girl Charlies.

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Rank in US: #152

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Pop Culture References for the name Charlie

Charley, Charlee, Charleigh, Charli, Sharlie, Chatty, Charle, Charly, Sharli


Isabella_188 Says:


I like this name for both genders.

bubblegumgirl Says:


I have a female friend whose first name is Charlie Anne and it suits her very well. She just goes by Charlie or Char most of the time.

private Says:


aww I had a cat named Lottie we actually did name her charlotte but because my brother was little, he called her Lottie. we had her for two years before she passed away still love her and miss her everyday! ;)

TechnoKitten Says:


Too masculine for a girl.Maybe Lottie or Caroline,Carol?Or just Charlotte?

TheRosemaryWest Says:


'Appropriate'? It's just a name, a very cute and pretty sounding one, it's not that serious :)

TheRosemaryWest Says:


Not everyone likes name Charlotte. For instance, I don't like Charlotte or Charles as baby names. However, Charlie works so well for boys and girls!

TheRosemaryWest Says:


What do you mean, 'taken over'? You make it sound like parents are no longer allowed to name boys Charlie... Unisex names are great.

TheRosemaryWest Says:


Why? I see that this comment is 3 years old but I'm curious. I love unisex names and Charlie works so well with both girls and boys.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Lottie is fine but just like Charlotte it's very cold. Charlie has this warmth that Charlotte and Lottie don't have. Names either have it or don't and Charlie has it.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Charlie just has that lovable element that Charlotte just doesn't have. It's pretty sure but it's also very cold.

Wittyusername103 Says:


A lot of female names mean Man or have Man in the title. And in a lot of legal document man means person.

glitterandrocknroll Says:


I think that's a nice way to honor your father. Honestly, I really don't understand NB's knee-jerk reaction to masculine names on girls, yet names like Micah is a favorite for boys and it sounds very feminine (and there's nothing wrong with naming a boy that). A name doesn't make a person. The person makes the name.

glitterandrocknroll Says:


Honestly, I really dislike Lottie as a nickname for Charlotte. It's too old lady-ish for me. I think Charlie works better, but that's just me.

clairels Says:


In that case, Charlotte must literally mean "man" too, because it's just a feminization of Charles. Or does it mean "female man?" You can see why this is a slippery slope to go down.

Jessica Says:


I'll explain why someone might want just Charlie, not as a nickname but a full name, instead of Charlotte or Charlene. My father's name was Charles, called Charlie and having recently passed away (right before finding out I was pregnant) I want to name my child after him, whether it's a boy or a girl because despite the aversion some of you have expressed, I know many think Charlie is classic. Girls have been named Charlie for some time now, it's nothing new. And just like all names is a matter of opinion. One day you may meet some awesome girl named Charlie and love the name.

ThistleThorn Says:


This is my favorite boys nickname. There are so many other cute alternatives for Charlotte, like Lottie.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't see anything wrong with calling a girl Charlie, as long as it's a nickname for Charlotte. I feel that girls have been called Charlie for a long time, and it doesn't make it any less of a boy name.

broorel Says:


Please don't name your daughter Charlie. The name literally means "man". There are a million and one girl names in the universe, please don't appropriate one of the most masculine boy names and call it "cute".

jordalini Says:


I HATE that this is being taken over by the girls, it is such a classic. Although I fully understand the appeal.

ldougie Says:


I think this is great for a girl. I know a Charlee and it fits her well.

raevynstar Says:


Well, I love it myself, but I'm okay with your opinion. ^_^

Guest Says:


I just think it's super ugly by itself tbh, but as a nickname I can deal.

Addie88 Says:


Not for a girl. Absolutely not.

raevynstar Says:


raevynstar Says:


I like it on a girl. On a boy, I prefer Charles "Chaz".

mckaylalove Says:


I know two young girls with the name Charlie as their full - and only -first name. The one i know better wears it well - she's cheeky, very athletic and inventive. Having Charlie as her name hasn't seemed to be detrimental her. And it hasn't harmed the other girl either, believe it or not, who's also pretty athleticand a dancer.

Guest Says:


Not for a girl, absolutely not! As a nickname for the full Charlotte but not by itself! Ewww.

ambg Says:


If you're going to name your little girl this, why not just go with Charlotte? Same nicknames available; see Chuck from "Pushing Daisies". Also bonus cute nickname Lottie!

MaryKathryn Says:


Love this nickname for a little girl.