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Gender: Female Meaning of Charlotte: "free man" Origin of Charlotte: French, feminine diminutive of Charles Charlotte's Popularity in 2017: #7

The name Charlotte is a girl's name of French origin meaning "free man". Charlotte is ranked #7 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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.

The name was popularized by England's Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III who ruled in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, was the mother of fifteen children, and a patron of Mozart and Bach; Charlotte and George ruled England during the French and American revolutions.

Charlotte is now 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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Famous People Named Charlotte

Charlotte Brontë, English writer
Charlotte Adelgonde Elisabeth Marie Wilhelmine, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
(Sophia) Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen consort of George III of the United Kingdom
Charlotte Augusta of Wales, daughter of King George IV, one-time heir to the British throne
Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom; Queen consort of Frederick of Württemberg, daughter of George III
Charlotte Louise Juliette Grimaldi de Monaco, Princess of Monaco, Duchess of Valentinois, daughter of Prince Louis II
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Princess of Cambridge (b. 2015), daughter of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Charlotte Diana Spencer (b. 2012), daughter of Charles Spencer, Earl Spencer; niece of Diana, Princess of Wales
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American writer and sociologist
Charlotte Emma Aitchison aka "Charli XCX", English singer-songwriter
Charlotte Armstrong, American author
Charlotte Bronte, English novelist
Charlotte McKinney, American model
Charlotte Perriand, French architect and designer
Charlotte Sometimes (born Jessica Charlotte Poland) aka Laces, American singer
Charlotte, ring name of Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr, American pro wrestler; daughter of wrestler Ric Flair
Charlotte Maria Church, Welsh classical singer
Charlotte Sullivan, Canadian actress
Charlotte Martin, American singer
Charlotte Jaconelli, English singer of duo Jonathan and Charlotte
Charlotte Rae, American actress
Charlotte Lewis, English actress
Charlotte Ross, American actress
Charlotte D'Amboise, American actress
Charlotte Gainsbourg, French actress and singer
Charlotte Corday, assassin of French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat
Charlotte Hawkins Brown, American educator
(Charlotte) Kemp Muhl, American fashion model
Charlotte Free, American fashion model
Charlotte Salt, English actress
Charlotte Arnold, Canadian actress
Charlotte Zolotow, American writer
Charlotte Harris, American cellist
(Tessa) Charlotte Rampling, English actress
Charlotte Valandrey, French actress
Charlotte Richie, English actress and singer
Charlotte Caslick, Australian rugby player
Charlotte OC, British singer-songwriter
Charlotte Georgine Luise Friederike, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Duchess of Saxe-Hildburghausen
(Viktoria Elisabeth Auguste) Charlotte, Princess of Prussia, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen as the wife of Bernhard III
(Frederica Louise Wilhelmina Marianne) Charlotte, Princess of Prussia, Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen
Charlotte, Princess of Württemberg aka Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia
(Marie) Charlotte Amalie Ernestine Wilhelmine Philippine, Princess of Saxe-Meiningen, Duchess consort of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
(Louise) Charlotte, Princess of Denmark, Princess William of Hesse-Kassel
Charlotte-Latitia Crosby, British reality TV personality ("Geordie Shore")
Charlotte Brosnan, late daughter of actor Pierce Brosnan
Charlotte Janelle Dolenz, daughter of singer Micky Dolenz
Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco
Charlotte Rose Meyer, daughter of singer Rickie Lee Jones and Pascal Nabet Meyer
Charlotte Simpson, daughter of actress Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson
Charlotte Pence, daughter of U.S. VP Mike Pence
Charlotte Friels, daughter of actress Judy Davis and Colin Friels
Charlotte Frances Ritchie, daughter of actress Kate Burton and Michael Ritchie
Charlotte Sarah Lawrence, daughter of producer Bill Lawrence and actress Christa Miller
Charlotte Emily Sloane, daughter of actress Embeth Davidtz and Jason Sloane
Charlotte Rose McDermott (b. 2005), daughter of actors Dylan McDermott and Shiva Rose
Charlotte d'Arabian (b. 2006), daughter of TV chef Melissa d'Arabian
Charlotte Grace Prinze (b. 2009), daughter of actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Charlotte Brewster Bancroft (b. 2010), daughter of TV journalist Andrea Canning and Tony Bancroft
Charlotte Grace Waterman (b. 2012), daughter of TV personality Jen Schefft and Joe Waterman
Charlotte Easton Gillies (b. 2013), daughter of actors Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies
Charlotte Bryant Hanks (b. 2013), daughter of actor Colin Hanks
Charlotte Naughton (b. 2013), daughter of actress Kelli O'Hara and Greg Naughton
Charlotte Crosby (b. 2013), daughter of NFL player Mason Crosby
Charlotte Kay Hansen (b. 2013), daughter of swimmer Brendan Hansen
Charlotte Jo Benson (b. 2014), daughter of actress Rebecca Budig and Michael Benson
Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky (b. 2014), daughter of Chelsea Clinton; granddaughter of U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Charlotte Rice (b. 2016), daughter of composer Tim Rice
Charlotte Corden (b.2017), daughter of comedian James Corden and Julia Carey

Pop Culture References for the name Charlotte

Charlotte, spider in E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web"
Charlotte DiLaurentis aka CeCe Drake aka A (born Charles DiLaurentis), character in the "Pretty Little Liars" series
Charlotte, witch in anime "Puella Magi Madoka Magica"
Charlotte Lucas, character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Charlotte "Chuck" Charles, character on TV's "Pushing Daisies"
Charlotte York, character on TV's "Sex and the City"
Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, character in movie "Shadow of a Doubt"
Charlotte Staples Lewis, character on TV's "Lost'
Charlotte Hollis, main character in movie "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte"
Charlotte, character in movie "Lost in Translation"
Charlotte Adams, character in Disney's "As the Bell Rings"
Charlotte "Charley" Pollard, character in Doctor Who's Big Finish Audios
Charlotte Thornton, character in HER Interactive's "Ghost of Thornton Hall"
Charlotte Branwell, character in the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
Charlotte "Charley" Davidson, of the Charley Davidson book series by Darynda Jones
Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan, character on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
Charlotte La Bouff, character from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"
Charlotte Grayson, character on TV's "Revenge"
Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood, character in "The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney
Charlotte Anne Jane, character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Charlotte McKenzie, character in the "Grown Ups" movies
Charlotte Dennon, character in movie "Elf"
Charlotte King, character on TV's "Private Practice"
Charlotte St. John, character in movie "The Wives he Forgot"
Charlotte Lee, character in "Perfect Harmony" by Barbara Wood
Charlotte Sommerset, character in video game "Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst"
Charlotte aka Javotte, name occasionally used for Cinderella's eldest stepsister
Charlotte, character on TV's "Recovery Road"
Charlotte Rhodes, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Charlotte Honoria Holmes, character in Brittany Cavallaro's Charlotte Holmes novels
Charlotte Anderson, Character in Australian TV series "The Sleepover Club"
Charlotte Richards, mother of Lucifer on the TV series "Lucifer"
Charlotte Pickles, mother of Angelica on animated series Rugrats
Charlotte Watsford, character on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
Charlotte F. Liddel, character in webcomic "Pickled Punks"
"Charlotte Sometimes," 2002 movie
"The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle," novel by Avi
Good Charlotte, an American rock band
Charlotte Russe, dessert and chain clothing store named after it
Charlotte, city in North Carolina, USA
Charlotte Amalie, capital of the US Virgin Islands
Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island, Canada
Charlotte Brown, character in the My Sister the Vampire book series
Charlotte Doyle, protagonist in Avi's "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"