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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 "Drop your least favorite name on this list...ABC's!".

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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"
Charlotte, character from the video game "Fire Emblem Fates"


Audrey_Rose Says:


this is one of the most popular names in the world, yet i've never met anyone named charlotte before.

doggie509 Says:


I like Lottie too, but I really like Lola as a nn for Charlotte. I heard on my favorite show and just thought it was so cool and unique. I think Lola is a really modern and feminine nn for the timeless Charlotte!

Hero_Phoebus Says:


I do love Charlotte. It is one popular name that I can't stop adoring.

Carla jemma Says:


I liked this name last year I had the name Sam for a boys name my mum likes & Charlotte come up it goes with my middle name Carla so wasn’t sure as first but it stuck & it still sticks now it’s 1 of the names that seem to suit me & the rest of my baby names it feels weird without it when I have the name back in my both I have a feeling it belongs there I think it has a meaning

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Charlotte is a beautiful name but there are absolutely too many girls with this name now, which renders it unusable. Caroline is a gorgeous, sophisticated alternative that my wife and I will consider.

ClassyCarolinaGirl Says:


This name has unfortunately been ruined for me...

Daiseymae Says:


I love Alessandra!

Kay Says:


I do not agree with the meaning listed on this site.

I was always told it meant feminine & petite.

Courtney Lee Says:


It annoys me that this name has gotten so popular, but I do still love it. Especially with the nickname Char (using the shh sound from the beginning of Charlotte).

kiera_1225 Says:


It's alright, not really my taste

Eliza1303 Says:


I like the nickname Charlie a lot. It’s a little less common then the real name Charlotte.

Leonina Says:


I like Isidora (not Isadora), Bernadette, Penelope, Severine and Charlotte ;) but only as middle names, tbh. First names... not sure yet. Maybe Clarissa, Vela, Carina, Erica, Juno, Lumina...

what I personally love about Charlotte is that it's clearly feminine but also a unisex/tomboyish nn option - "Charlie"...

Daiseymae Says:


My aunt is named Charlotte, but it wasn't that popular when she was born.

Piteco Says:


Ok name, but isn't my favorite.

sunshinexoxo Says:


I like this name. I always thought the nn Charlie would be cute on a little girl.

mill1020 Says:


This is my new niece's name! I'm so excited they picked such a lovely name.

Miri Says:


Charlotte is beautiful. Plus nicknames like Lottie or Charlie are amazingly cute! Overall I just adore this name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love charlotte so much. I think that the options of using the name in full, or the very different nicknames, Charlie and Lottie, make the name versatile. Your sister is lucky to have such a stunning name.

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


My younger sister is called Charlotte but she hates her name which is a bummer because I think Charlotte is so pretty and feminine. Instead her nickname is Charlie which I don't mind but it's seems like boyish which fits my tomboy sister but I much prefer the nickname Lottie because it seems very cutesy and fitting for a little girl. Charlotte seems like those names that can be very cutesy for a young girl and very feminine for a young woman

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name immensely and would love to use it one day, no matter the popularity

KJGlitter Says:


Rein it in, friend. They are only opinions.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love both Tara and Charlotte. They're two of my favourite names. I think your daughter will be grateful for a less popular name, and it's the one name I really love from 'Gone With The Wind' - that of the plantation, and not a character, as such. I don't really like the name Scarlett, except for liking it for Scarlett O'Hara herself.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Classic and beautiful, one of my long-term favourite names. I love it so much.

lillismonica Says:


My daughter Tara is 11. I was going to name her Charlotte. I love it. My son Vincent, 16 at the time, didn't like it. He chose Tara. For yrs I thought 'she's named after a hill'. Now its grown on me. When princess Charlotte was born, I thought oh, I could have had a Charlotte too. Its so sweet, but not cloying, feminine and graceful. Its the sounds of names I love, my faves for girls are . Phoebe,clodia,cassandra,adeline,charlotte. They' all quite soft and flowing. My daughter Tara loves adeline, so who knows.... for the future, my granddaughter ? She absolutely hates Charlotte. Lol. and now my son likes Charlotte !

hermioneameliastyles Says:


Yes there are a lot of Charlottes in the world but almost all of the ones I've met go by Charlotte. If I were to use this name I would probably nickname them Charlie.

pixelatedinfants Says:


I agree

OrangeApe Says:


This is my name but I go by the nn Lottie. I've met more people who go by Lottie than I have who stick with the full name.

anniebrown01 Says:


I love Charlotte so much, but I could probably only use it as a pet's because of its rise in popularity. I like the nicknames Cece and Lottie, but not Charlie.

Chrissy425 Says:


One of my best friends is named Charlotte! Usually teachers pronounce her name correctly, except for the occasional, Char-lawt instead of Char-lit, probably because we live near a town named Charlotte pronounced that way. Great name! She went by Char for a while, then the popularity of Sharkeisha made her want to switch back to her full name lol.

AlexxisLynn Says:


Love this name.

musiclover12 Says:


I used to hate this name, but it has really grown on me. This is now in my top 10 favorite girl names, but I won't use it because of its popularity.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Charlotte is one of those names that, although I don't actively dislike it, I don't get why everyone else is completely in love with anymore. It sounds very common to me, along with not having any nicknames I particularly like (Charlie, Char, Shar, Sharlie, Lottie). No offense to anyone who likes/is named Charlotte, it's just not my thing.

georgiaO Says:


I had a cousin named Charlotte Rose Victoria, but sadly, she passed away before she was born. Her sisters: Lillian (Lilly), Abigail (Abbie), and Juliette (Juju). I am going to name a daughter after her.

Care Says:


Just think...Charlotte is Hillary Clinton's only grandchild and now Princess Kate has copied her by naming the new princess Charlotte as well.
Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky was born on September 26, 2014 to the Clintons' daughter, Chelsea, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky.
Former President Clinton and his wife, a former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate, said Saturday they are "thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world."

indiefendi2 Says:


While every 10th mom in America and the UK is loving Charlotte all of a sudden; Charlize the beautiful Dutch import has a special spot in my heart. More Charlize's! More unique names!

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name, but it's so popular! Lottie would be my favorite nickname, followed by Char

NicoletteEMCC Says:


Charlotte is my third middle name, after a long line of Charlottes going back over 200 years or so, and I used to love it when I was younger, but now, with the rise of Charlottes bound to be popping up throughout suburbia like weeds in the next decade, I fear it will simply end up a common name that was famous for a while.

Charlottetheoriginal Says:


My name, growing up, was as popular as Bernadette or Isadora is today. Now, look what has happened! It is on the same horrifying list as Emma and Ava, which means, if you chose this name, when your child goes to school, she will be Charlotte P. or Charlotte S. or Charlotte T. She won't wear the name Charlotte alone because she will share her name with several classmates. Expect the teacher to say, "I need one of you to take a nickname because I can't have three Charlottes in my class! Oh, none of you want a nickname? That means all of you get a nickname! Who wants to be called Charlie? Who wants to be called Lottie...Lotta?" Thee jokes about Lotta be prepared! 'A whole lotta (fill in the blank),' all because a sweet little girl shared her name with too many people. Even worse yet, expect jokes to include the similar sounding words of charleton or harlot (which my closest friends used to stab me with as a joke--awful, I say).

Let this name die down a bit. Think About Bernadette and Isadora instead. Both names conjure up the same sophisticated, unique presence that Charlotte did for me when I was growing up! That unique sophisticated aura lasted well into my adulthood, too. It is why the character Charlotte is so special in the HBO show Sex in the City--it is in her name and I totally understood her character when I watch the show. She was given an unpopular name, that seemed to be too big and almost too sophisticated for her when she was little. She seemed to have grown up with old-fashion values that were a little amiss, like her name---she wasn't an Anne or a Lori that could dissolve into a crowd--even when she lived in a place as big as New York City, she stuck out because nobody could confuse her with another Debbie--she was the only Charlotte in the crowd. She was distinct. I, along with everyone else, loved this character.

How about Penelope or Alessandra? These names also conjure up the same feeling as Charlotte did before it became popular!

Zelliew Says:


I agree with you

hmg1204 Says:


Charlotte is a beautiful name I personally don't like the nick name Charlie I think its best suited for a boy but I think that nick names Char or Lottie would be adorable!

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Krystin Butler Cuccia Says:


We decided to name our baby Charlotte. Can't wait to see her.

Krystin Butler Cuccia Says:


Lol we're naming our baby Charlotte May

wavygirl Says:


personally love the pronunciation che-LOTTE rather than Sharlet.

goatmanor Says:


Aww, Lottie is a precious nickname for a little girl.

goatmanor Says:


I used to love this name before it became so popular!

ThistleThorn Says:


I like this, but I love Charles more, and I couldn't risk using with sameish name. (I don't like the nickname Charlie, more of a Lottie or Lotto person.) One of my favorite combos is Harriet Charlotte, because it looks so pretty, but it sounds so terrible when you say it out loud.

scblovesnames Says:


This is a lovely name, was on my list at one time, but there are other names I favor.

MaryKathryn Says:


A year later, and now it's the name of a Princess! So happy for their incredibly beautiful family!! :')

xmaonx Says:


Well, we'd better brace ourselves for the sea of Charlottes, now that the royal baby shares it.

moraea Says:


Never been a big fan but I don't think it's as popular as ppl think. I only knew one Charlotte that I can think of and that was abt 15 yrs ago. I do however like the nicknames. Not Lottie but Charlie, Carly, Cara, Ottie, and Arlo.

princessmadison Says:


I used to hate this name but now it's in my top 10 favorite baby girl names! I love this name!

princessmadison Says:


I hate this name so much. Nickname Char? Ugh, I do love Lottie though.

princessmadison Says:


I personally don't like this name. Sorry.

flatsie Says:


I hate that this name is becoming so popular. :(

charlotte Says:


Hi I'm just trying the freaking he'll to think of a name for my child I'm thinking charlotte

charlotte Says:


My name is Charlotte Mae Murphy

Guest Says:


I happen to really love

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Ditto :)

Catastroffy Says:


I agree! I quite like the nickname Lottie, though.

Saffron_Rice Says:


a lovely classic - Chasse is a good nickname

Caroline Says:


One of my faves in the Letter C!

Lainey2515 Says:


We named our daughter Charlotte (Charlie) last year, and I still love it! I hadn't heard many little girls with that name, but it's seeming to become much more popular. "Charlie" is still less common, so we will stick with that nickname

Leah3456 Says:


This name sounds strong! It will become the most popular girl name in a couple of years!

SeaZuno86 Says:


I know two baby Charlotte's, I think its cute but sophisticated. One goes by Chi Chi.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Same here. I cringe inwardly when I hear it.

jordalini Says:


I used to love this name, but my sister called dibs on it, which i feel is a good thing now, because the more I hear it the less I like it. Too popular.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


This name is very unexciting to me, I don't find it interesting at all.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I have never liked this name. Charlotte...ick. I can't put my finger on what's wrong with it.

ldougie Says:


I don't like this name in full, but the nickname Charlie is adorable!

hellogoodbye111 Says:


Classic and strong! With a ton of different nicknames!

jan11th Says:


I like the nickname "Lottie"

nonynamelover28 Says:


It's become the Elizabeth of our time. I love it... yet in every pre-school classroom I feel like I am bound to find at least two Charlotte's per class

Hydra Says:


So sad that my disgusting grandmother ruined this name for me; so pretty and classic, though I have met a few too many girls with this name.

jan11th Says:


I would name my daughter this but she would go by the name Lottie for short

Guest Says:


Why Chuck?!

JossieChris Says:


This is on my top ten list for my 2nd. Thinking Charlotte Isabel (for my late aunt). She was our queen so I like the royal flair of the name. Nickname Chuck. My first is a girl Dylan we call Dilly. I like Chuck and Dill.

caroblaise Says:


My sister was named Charlotte when it was still in the triple digits on the top 1000 name list. Although I only know two Charlottes (my sister and her friend), I no doubt will be meeting more Charlottes in the near future.

Sorceress Says:


This name is very trendy, I believe it will be next Isabella. I think it doesn't matter how classic this name was, even though it was always in top 200, actually number of little Charlottes droped drastically after 1940, only to rise up fast recently. Isabella was also a classic name.

Christina25 Says:


I know 10+ Charlottes, of all different ages. I've known people that go by the full name, as well as the usual nicknames like Lottie, Charlie or even just Charl/Char. I prefer a variation like Carlotta myself.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I've only met two girls named Charlotte... and they're 11 and 7. Everyone says this name is "so overused" but it's so much better than Emma and Olivia. Those are truly "overused". In the next few years, however, this name will become very popular, in my opinion and I think the boyish nickname Charlie might be a huge factor in that. I prefer Lottie, myself.

Guest Says:


I heard a girl with Lotto as her nickname for Charlotte and thought "OMG that's so cool!" haha

sophiesilly Says:


My sister is named Charlotte. It is in honor of our late grandmother. She doesn't go by a nickname, but I think that Charlie or Lottie would both be great nicknames for a little Charlotte

MaryKathryn Says:


No matter how popular this name gets I will always love it!

LadyVanRaven Says:


I do like Charlotte but I admit I am beginning to grow a dislike for it. I used to love the name because it was classic, feminine, not overly girly or frilly and has lots of nice nickname choices (which it still is/does). But now it's just becoming so common that I'm starting to become bored with it.

SunKissedChild Says:


My favourite name! I have the meaning as "strong woman" though :)