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names that mean freedom

names that mean freedom
Baby names meaning freedom or free might inspire your child to reach for the stars, liberating him or her to be whatever she chooses.

The top names meaning free are Charles and Francis and their many variations, including Charlotte, Charlie, Francesca and Frankie.

Free or freedom or liberation or adventure is a positive name meaning, underscoring your belief in your child's free will and unlimited destiny. There are names that mean free for girls and boys, as well as names with freedom meanings that are gender neutral. If you're interested in a name that means freedom, you can find one in any style and with many origins.

Browse our collection of names that mean free or freedom.
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CharlotteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, feminine diminutive of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    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.

CharlesHeart

  • Origin:

    French from German
  • Meaning:

    "man, free man"
  • Description:

    Charles derives from the Germanic name Karl, meaning "man" or "freeman", and is a royal name in multiple European countries. A famous early bearer is Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Lombards and then Roman Emperor in the 8th-9th centuries. The word for “king” in several languages came from Charles, including Slavic, Russian, and Polish.

SaoirseHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "liberty"
  • Description:

    Saoirse originated as a baby name in 1920s Ireland as an applied use of saoirse, the Gaelic word for “freedom.” The name was first adopted during the Irish War of Independence, when the Irish Republican Army fought the British Army for the liberation of Ireland from British rule. In modern times, Saoirse, as well as a host of other Gaelic names, are being revived in Ireland, the UK, and the US.

CharlieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Charlie derives, of course, from the classic name Charles which, in turn, comes from a German word meaning "free man." Charles became very popular in France during the Middle Ages due to the fame of Charles the Great, also known as Charlemagne. Charley is an alternate spelling.

CarolineHeart

  • Origin:

    French, feminine variation of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Caroline is a perennial classic, in the Top 100 since 1994. Caroline is elegant, calling to mind the Kennedy Camelot years and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
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FrancesHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "from France; free man"
  • Description:

    Frances is the feminine form of Francis, the English variation of the Latin name Franciscus. Franciscus, meaning “Frenchman,” was taken from the Germanic tribe the Franks, which got its name from the francisca, the axe they used in battle. Until the seventeenth century, the spellings Frances and Francis were used interchangeably for both sexes.

LysanderHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "liberator"
  • Description:

    Lysander is a distinctive Greek name that could be thought of as a more creative cousin of Alexander. In ancient history, Lysander was the name of an esteemed Spartan naval commander and his literary cred comes from one of the two star-struck young men in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as one of the twin sons (the other being Lorcan) of Luna Lovegood, whom we learn about in the Harry Potter epilogue.

FrancescaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Frances
  • Meaning:

    "from France or free man"
  • Description:

    Francesca is a lighter and much more feminine choice than the classic Frances, and one that is increasingly popular with upscale parents.

FrancisHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    Since this was the name chosen by the current Roman Catholic pope, Francis has come into the spotlight.

CarlosHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Notable namesakes include musician Santana, writers Fuentes and Castaneda, and numerous athletes. Carlos Irwin Estevez is the birth name of Charlie Sheen.
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LottieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Charlotte
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Lottie is a nostalgic great-grandma name that conjures up lockets and lace, and -- like Nellie, Josie, Hattie, Tillie, and Milly -- has considerable vintage charm. A Top 100 name at the end of the nineteenth century, Lottie fell off the popularity list around 1960, but well might climb back on most likely as a diminutive for the currently popular Charlotte. It's already an amazing Number 85 in England and Wales.

BlytheHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "happy, carefree"
  • Description:

    Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliðe, meaning “merry” or “cheerful.” Today the homophone blithe shares the same meaning. Blythe was eventually adapted to a surname before it became a feminine given name.

FrankHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Francis or Franklin
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    A Top 10 name from the 1880s until the 1920s, Frank has fallen from favor but still has a certain warm, friendly real-guy grandpa flavor that could come back into style, like other such choices as Jake and Jack. Maybe thanks to Sinatra, it's become a new hipster favorite with such couples as Diana Krall and Elvis Costello.

AprilHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "to open"
  • Description:

    Once the most popular month names, April has been overtaken by June (for girls) and August (for boys), as well as the charmingly old-fashioned May. Literary reference: the heroine of the book and movie Revolutionary Road, and there have been Aprils on Parks and Recreation, Glee, and The Vampire Diaries. Trivia note: comedian Ralphie May named his daughter April June May.

CharlieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Charles or Charlotte
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    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.
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FrankieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Frances
  • Meaning:

    "from France; free man"
  • Description:

    Vintage nickname name, with a down-to-earth country feel. This renewed interest placed Frankie back in the US Top 1000 in 2015 after a 41-year hiatus. For girls, it's a popular choice in England and Wales, Australia, and New Zealand. Drew Barrymore, who helped popularize and glamorize boyish names for girls, has a daughter named Frankie. On TV's Better Things, Pamela Adlon's middle daughter is named Frankie (sister to Max and Duke, both girls).

FranciscoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Francis
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    Francisco is one of the more popular Spanish names for boys in the US, which is unsurprising given its popularity back in Spain and Portugal as well as Latin America, coupled with its classic status. It also has a cool hipster vibe to it, given the reputation of the city of San Francisco.

FranklinHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "free landholder"
  • Description:

    A doubly Presidential name, via Pierce and Roosevelt, Franklin was given an initial boost via the fame of Benjamin Franklin. It also has a literary tie to the main character of the Wilkie Collins classic The Moonstone.

CarlyHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine diminutive of Carl
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Though a couple of its more "creative" spellings—Carli and Karlee, for example—are still on the rise, this feminine form of Carl, popularized by singer Carly Simon in the 1970s, could by no stretch be considered fashionable. Despite its decline, the name has still seen some use in the entertainment industry, from Nickelodeon's iCarly to Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

CarlHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    This no-nonsense German variation of Charles is strong and still well used, but lacks much sensitivity or subtlety; the Latin forms have far more energy.
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ArmaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "freeman"
  • Description:

    Although this is catching on along with other brand names, we think it's better to use a personal family name than to appropriate Giorgio's.

CarolinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Caroline; also place-name
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Languid, romantic, and classy, this variation heats up Caroline and modernizes Carol, adding a southern accent.

FrancoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Francis
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    A classic Italian name still heard in the Italian-American community. Once tainted by the association with the Spanish dictator, it's now more likely to call up actor James Franco.

CarolHeart

  • Origin:

    English, feminine variation of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    A Caroline abbreviation that was wildly popular with Mom's generation...or Grandma's. At one time it was a name for baby girls born at Christmas. because of its association with Christmas carols.

DarbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish or Norse, "free from envy, or, from the deer estate"
  • Meaning:

    "free from envy, or, from the deer estate"
  • Description:

    Once a common boys' name in Ireland (e. g. , Darby O'Gill and the Little People), the dynamic Darby now has a definite unisex feel. Actor Paul Rudd has a young daughter named Darby.
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KermitHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, variant of Diarmaid/Dermot
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Kermit was a Top 500 name until the 1960s, not coincidentally the decade in which Kermit the Frog became well known, proving that it isn't easy being green, even for a name. But we think it's time for some of those appealing Sesame Street names--Kermit, Elmo, Grover--to be taken out of that context and be considered on their own.

FrancineHeart

  • Origin:

    French diminutive pet form of Francoise
  • Meaning:

    "from France or free man"
  • Description:

    With the advent of Pope Francis, all forms of this ancient and saintly name came up for a fresh look. Along with most other -een and -ine (when pronounced like -een) names for girls, Francine has a dated midcentury Mad Men feel. But its choice for their daughter by modern glamour couple Casey Neistat and Candice Pool, respectively a video star and a jewelry designer, has made Francine chic again.

CarrieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Carol or Caroline
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Carrie lives on mainly on the screen, as the new/old antiheroine of Stephen King's classic Carrie, as turn-of-the-21st-century diva Carrie Bradshaw of Sex & The City, and as Claire Danes' Emmy-winning character Carrie Mathison of Homeland. In real life, however, Carrie dropped off the Top 1000 a handful of years ago and, while the name retains some charm, shows no signs of making an imminent comeback. Try Cara instead.

DermotHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, Anglicization of Diarmaid
  • Meaning:

    "free from envy"
  • Description:



    Dermot is an appealing, relatively undiscovered Irish mythological hero's name long popular in the Old Country, and imported into the American consciousness by actor Dermot Mulroney. We see it in the next Celtic wave following Connor and Liam.

CarlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Carl
  • Description:

    While Charlotte and Caroline are considered stylish and classic members of the Charles family, this somewhat severe Germanic form is fading. It reached its apex at Number 76 in 1965.
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ScheherazadeHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "noble lineage"
  • Description:

    Scheherazade -- or Sheherazade --is a legendary Persian queen immortalized as the narrator of all one thousand stories in the One Thousand and One Nights. Her story is even more remarkable than the tales she tells.

KymaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Eastern African
  • Meaning:

    "adventurous traveler"
  • Description:

    One of the most popular African names for boys, Kymani has been in the US Top 1000 list since 2008. Spelled Ky-mani, it's the name of Bob Marley's son.

KarlHeart

  • Origin:

    German and Scandinavian variation of Charles
  • Description:

    Manly almost to the point of macho.

CiscoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Spanish Francisco
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    The ultimate sidekick name. Start with Francisco and then, if this fits, okay.

DiarmaidHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    This authentic form of the name of an Irish mythological hero with the power to make women fall instantly in love with him would work far better here as the Anglicized Dermot.
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CarloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Charles
  • Description:

    Energetic Italian classic that would blend with a surname of any ethnicity.

CarlottaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Charlotte, French diminutive of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Carlotta has a large measure of finger-snapping exotic charm and substance--despite being a not too pleasant character in The Little Mermaid. Carlotta is also the diva/prima donna in The Phantom of the Opera, and there was an Empress Carlotta of Mexico.

MalayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Filipino
  • Meaning:

    "free"
  • Description:

    Deriving from the same East Asian root as Malaysia and Malay, Malaya is a name that recalls the more popular Maya and the name of 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai. It first appeared in the US Top 1000 in 2006.

CharlizeHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminization of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Charlize is a name that owes its very life to a star: elegant blond South African actress Charlize Theron. She was named after her father, whose name was Charles. Charlize jumped onto the popularity lists in 2004, the year the actress won the Oscar for lead actress in Monster.

CarolynHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Caroline
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    The phonetic Carolyn spelling, which was very popular from the 1920s to the '60s, has been steadily on the wane while Caroline herself has stayed strong.
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FannyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Frances
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    As this word is less often used to mean derriere, it becomes more possible to view Fanny as the kind of appealingly quaint nickname name, like Josie and Nellie, that many parents are favoring now.

CharleneHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Caroline or Charlotte, feminine form of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Charlene is a Charlotte variation that, along with similar names like Arlene and Marlene, spiked in popularity in the 1940s and fifties, reaching a high of Number 100 in 1949. Most parents today would prefer one of the note classic versions -- or even nickname Charlie.

FielderHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dweller in open country"
  • Description:

    An uncommon surname name with that energetic -er ending. Might appeal especially to baseball fans.

FrannyHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, diminutive of Frances
  • Meaning:

    "from France or free man"
  • Description:

    If Frances and Fran are too serious for you, and Fanny too saucy, you might like Franny, still identified by some with J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey stories.

FrannyHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, diminutive of Frances
  • Meaning:

    "from France or free man"
  • Description:

    If Frances and Fran are too serious for you, and Fanny too saucy, you might like Franny, still identified by some with J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey stories.
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FrostHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "freezing"
  • Description:

    Long heard as a last name, as in venerable poet Robert, U.K. talk show host David, British actress Sadie and old Jack Frost, Frost has suddenly entered the scene as a possible first, along with other seasonal weather names like Winter and Snow.

FranHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Frances
  • Meaning:

    "from France or free man"
  • Description:

    This short form has been pretty much replaced by Franny, Fanny. and especially Frankie.

CharleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Charlie, diminutive of Charles or Charlotte
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Variation of Charlie, with the unfortunately popular suffix -ee.

ChangHeart

  • Origin:

    Chinese
  • Meaning:

    "smooth, free, unhindered"
  • Description:

    An Asian favorite.

DarbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish or Norse
  • Meaning:

    "free one or from the deer estate"
  • Description:

    Lighthearted, spirited Irish-accented name. Works particularly well with an O' surname, as in 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People'. Patrick Dempsey chose it for one of his twin boys.
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