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Gender: Female Meaning of Charmian: "joy" Origin of Charmian: Greek

The name Charmian is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "joy". Charmian and is often added to lists like Literary Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

This name was used by Shakespeare (who got it from Plutarch) in Antony and Cleopatra for one of the attendants of the Egyptian queen. An interesting possibility, it is heard occasionally in the UK, even less frequently in the US.

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Famous People Named Charmian

Charmian Carr, American actress
Charmian Clift, Australian writer
Charmian Kittredge, wife of the writer Jack London

Pop Culture References for the name Charmian

The Shakespearean pronunciation: CAR-mee-un (like Carmen) or CHAR-mee-un (like the word "charming")
Charmian Stroud, character in Agatha Christie's 1944 short story Strange Jest (a Miss Marple mystery)
Charmian Brown, "Lady Sophia Sefton in disguise" in Jeffery Farnol's bestseller The Broad Highway (1910)
Charmian Bond, aunt of James Bond (007) Franchise


autumnreverie Says:


This name's info is incorrect. Charmion is the original version of Charmian.