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2.4m
in the U.S.
since 1880

Charles

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Free Man
  • #10 All Time
  • #51 in 2014
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278k Carlos (Spanish)

How popular is the name "Charles" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5,359 11 5,348 #4 boy name
1881 4,653 17 4,636 #5 boy name
1882 5,115 23 5,092 #5 boy name
1883 4,844 18 4,826 #4 boy name
1884 4,821 19 4,802 #5 boy name
1885 4,623 24 4,599 #5 boy name
1886 4,555 22 4,533 #5 boy name
1887 4,064 33 4,031 #5 boy name
1888 4,619 28 4,591 #5 boy name
1889 4,227 28 4,199 #5 boy name
1890 4,091 30 4,061 #5 boy name
1891 3,669 29 3,640 #5 boy name
1892 4,348 29 4,319 #5 boy name
1893 3,746 23 3,723 #5 boy name
1894 3,814 26 3,788 #5 boy name
1895 3,660 27 3,633 #5 boy name
1896 3,649 10 3,639 #5 boy name
1897 3,361 20 3,341 #5 boy name
1898 3,576 19 3,557 #5 boy name
1899 3,170 23 3,147 #5 boy name
1900 4,129 28 4,101 #5 boy name
1901 3,072 23 3,049 #5 boy name
1902 3,386 25 3,361 #5 boy name
1903 3,231 19 3,212 #5 boy name
1904 3,430 24 3,406 #6 boy name
1905 3,630 22 3,608 #5 boy name
1906 3,631 24 3,607 #6 boy name
1907 3,904 20 3,884 #6 boy name
1908 3,959 30 3,929 #7 boy name
1909 4,059 29 4,030 #7 boy name
1910 4,817 32 4,785 #7 boy name
1911 5,765 40 5,725 #7 boy name
1912 11,137 67 11,070 #7 boy name
1913 13,238 49 13,189 #7 boy name
1914 17,013 75 16,938 #7 boy name
1915 22,060 101 21,959 #7 boy name
1916 23,736 123 23,613 #6 boy name
1917 24,269 124 24,145 #7 boy name
1918 27,066 144 26,922 #5 boy name
1919 25,323 129 25,194 #5 boy name
1920 28,477 163 28,314 #5 boy name
1921 29,418 176 29,242 #5 boy name
1922 29,043 199 28,844 #5 boy name
1923 29,118 159 28,959 #5 boy name
1924 30,641 186 30,455 #5 boy name
1925 29,806 216 29,590 #5 boy name
1926 29,745 225 29,520 #5 boy name
1927 32,238 304 31,934 #5 boy name
1928 31,513 271 31,242 #5 boy name
1929 30,187 261 29,926 #5 boy name
1930 32,090 236 31,854 #6 boy name
1931 30,128 213 29,915 #6 boy name
1932 31,285 197 31,088 #6 boy name
1933 29,191 209 28,982 #6 boy name
1934 29,956 168 29,788 #7 boy name
1935 30,117 149 29,968 #6 boy name
1936 29,216 134 29,082 #6 boy name
1937 30,688 176 30,512 #6 boy name
1938 31,277 144 31,133 #6 boy name
1939 30,931 149 30,782 #6 boy name
1940 31,818 140 31,678 #6 boy name
1941 32,883 154 32,729 #6 boy name
1942 36,006 164 35,842 #7 boy name
1943 36,800 176 36,624 #7 boy name
1944 34,786 142 34,644 #7 boy name
1945 32,587 126 32,461 #7 boy name
1946 38,328 134 38,194 #9 boy name
1947 40,911 138 40,773 #9 boy name
1948 38,834 151 38,683 #9 boy name
1949 40,183 141 40,042 #9 boy name
1950 39,259 155 39,104 #9 boy name
1951 39,499 153 39,346 #9 boy name
1952 39,005 121 38,884 #9 boy name
1953 38,496 139 38,357 #9 boy name
1954 37,564 127 37,437 #10 boy name
1955 35,472 147 35,325 #11 boy name
1956 35,366 158 35,208 #11 boy name
1957 34,406 154 34,252 #11 boy name
1958 32,364 129 32,235 #11 boy name
1959 30,917 150 30,767 #11 boy name
1960 29,824 133 29,691 #13 boy name
1961 29,309 119 29,190 #13 boy name
1962 27,710 120 27,590 #15 boy name
1963 26,936 137 26,799 #16 boy name
1964 26,031 128 25,903 #17 boy name
1965 23,629 134 23,495 #20 boy name
1966 22,400 128 22,272 #20 boy name
1967 21,418 123 21,295 #20 boy name
1968 21,706 130 21,576 #20 boy name
1969 21,819 135 21,684 #19 boy name
1970 22,578 149 22,429 #21 boy name
1971 19,997 145 19,852 #22 boy name
1972 17,103 122 16,981 #23 boy name
1973 15,873 117 15,756 #23 boy name
1974 15,259 102 15,157 #23 boy name
1975 14,706 129 14,577 #25 boy name
1976 14,040 106 13,934 #26 boy name
1977 14,833 88 14,745 #26 boy name
1978 14,970 118 14,852 #27 boy name
1979 14,958 130 14,828 #28 boy name
1980 15,073 116 14,957 #29 boy name
1981 14,531 102 14,429 #31 boy name
1982 14,427 124 14,303 #31 boy name
1983 13,330 121 13,209 #33 boy name
1984 13,051 112 12,939 #33 boy name
1985 12,996 106 12,890 #34 boy name
1986 12,704 85 12,619 #34 boy name
1987 12,246 82 12,164 #35 boy name
1988 12,188 91 12,097 #37 boy name
1989 12,304 60 12,244 #36 boy name
1990 12,032 42 11,990 #38 boy name
1991 11,368 34 11,334 #38 boy name
1992 10,496 32 10,464 #43 boy name
1993 9,883 28 9,855 #44 boy name
1994 9,034 19 9,015 #43 boy name
1995 8,496 22 8,474 #44 boy name
1996 8,266 19 8,247 #43 boy name
1997 7,670 15 7,655 #49 boy name
1998 7,857 11 7,846 #48 boy name
1999 7,535 11 7,524 #50 boy name
2000 7,538 14 7,524 #51 boy name
2001 7,299 17 7,282 #55 boy name
2002 7,210 7 7,203 #58 boy name
2003 7,700 8 7,692 #57 boy name
2004 7,702 54 7,648 #56 boy name
2005 7,940 16 7,924 #56 boy name
2006 8,019 14 8,005 #60 boy name
2007 7,460 12 7,448 #62 boy name
2008 7,295 19 7,276 #63 boy name
2009 7,277 0 7,277 #63 boy name
2010 7,098 8 7,090 #63 boy name
2011 6,981 9 6,972 #61 boy name
2012 6,934 14 6,920 #62 boy name
2013 7,009 15 6,994 #57 boy name
2014 7,284 15 7,269 #51 boy name

Want to know about the populiarty of Charles? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,376,700 babies born with the name Charles in the United States. That's more than enough Charles to occupy the country of Namibia with an estimated population of 2,364,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 5,359 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Charles" was in 1947 with a total of 40,773 babies. (That's a lot of baby Charles)

According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Charles" ranks #12 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 907 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 1943. Across the entire United States a total of 36,800 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Charles popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Charles" mean? The list below shows the origins of Charles as well as things modernly associated with the name Charles such as celebrities named Charles.

German

Origin and Meaning of Charles

The name "Charles" is of German origin, and it means "Free Man". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam is an actor and screenwriter with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1998 to present. Charlie was born in 1980 as Charles Matthew Hunnam in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom.

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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin is an actor, filmmaker, and composer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1899 to 1976. Charlie was born in 1889 as Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England (unverified).

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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin is a scientist. Charles was born in 1809 as Charles Robert Darwin in The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom.

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Robert Redford

Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer, and businessman with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1959 to present. Robert was born in 1937 as Charles Robert Redford Jr. in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1950 to 1999. Charles was born in 1922 as Charles Dennis Buchinsky in Ehrenfeld, Cambria County Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley is a basketball biography. Charles was born in 1963 as Charles Wade Barkley in Leeds, Alabama.

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Alternative Meanings

C is for compassion, your finest side.

H is for hero, as you appear to many.

A is for admirable, you certainly are!

R is for realist, the way you are.

L is for love, everlasting.

E is for electric, a sparkling trait!

S is for self respect, a solid score here.

Your name in reverse order is "Selrahc". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Clhsrae". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Charles born Nov 29, 1970

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Russia approximately on 1100. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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