Gender: Female Meaning of Charlotte: "free man" Origin of Charlotte: French, feminine diminutive of Charles Charlotte's Popularity in 2018: #6

Charlotte Origin and Meaning

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

Charlotte is the feminine form of the male given name Charles. It 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.

Now the name of the young Princess of Cambridge, Charlotte is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella in a rise toward the top of the list, and it is now among the most popular girl names.

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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Rank in US: #6

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Charlotte's International Variations

Séarlait (Irish Gaelic) Charlotta (Swedish) Sharlotta (Russian) Sarolta (Hungarian) Carlotta (Italian) Carlota (Spanish) Karlotta (Greek)


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