Names.org
Popularity
2.4m
in the U.S.
since 1880

Charles

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Free Man
  • #10 All Time
  • #50 in 2015
Girls
Boys
Similar Names
282k Carlos (Spanish)

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

Click Here to Show Chart Data
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 5,114 23 5,091 #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 4,128 28 4,100 #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 13,239 49 13,190 #7 boy name
1914 17,012 75 16,937 #7 boy name
1915 22,060 101 21,959 #7 boy name
1916 23,735 123 23,612 #6 boy name
1917 24,270 124 24,146 #7 boy name
1918 27,066 144 26,922 #5 boy name
1919 25,323 129 25,194 #5 boy name
1920 28,474 163 28,311 #5 boy name
1921 29,420 176 29,244 #5 boy name
1922 29,043 199 28,844 #5 boy name
1923 29,118 159 28,959 #5 boy name
1924 30,644 186 30,458 #5 boy name
1925 29,799 216 29,583 #5 boy name
1926 29,745 225 29,520 #5 boy name
1927 32,239 304 31,935 #5 boy name
1928 31,509 270 31,239 #5 boy name
1929 30,194 262 29,932 #5 boy name
1930 32,093 236 31,857 #6 boy name
1931 30,130 213 29,917 #6 boy name
1932 31,290 197 31,093 #6 boy name
1933 29,195 209 28,986 #6 boy name
1934 29,957 168 29,789 #7 boy name
1935 30,119 149 29,970 #6 boy name
1936 29,215 134 29,081 #6 boy name
1937 30,691 176 30,515 #6 boy name
1938 31,277 144 31,133 #6 boy name
1939 30,933 149 30,784 #6 boy name
1940 31,819 140 31,679 #6 boy name
1941 32,884 154 32,730 #6 boy name
1942 36,006 164 35,842 #7 boy name
1943 36,802 176 36,626 #7 boy name
1944 34,787 142 34,645 #7 boy name
1945 32,586 125 32,461 #7 boy name
1946 38,331 134 38,197 #9 boy name
1947 40,910 138 40,772 #9 boy name
1948 38,830 151 38,679 #9 boy name
1949 40,181 141 40,040 #9 boy name
1950 39,287 155 39,132 #9 boy name
1951 39,517 152 39,365 #9 boy name
1952 38,985 121 38,864 #9 boy name
1953 38,519 139 38,380 #9 boy name
1954 37,567 127 37,440 #10 boy name
1955 35,480 147 35,333 #11 boy name
1956 35,372 158 35,214 #11 boy name
1957 34,401 154 34,247 #11 boy name
1958 32,368 129 32,239 #11 boy name
1959 30,915 150 30,765 #11 boy name
1960 29,827 133 29,694 #13 boy name
1961 29,307 119 29,188 #13 boy name
1962 27,714 120 27,594 #15 boy name
1963 26,933 138 26,795 #16 boy name
1964 26,031 128 25,903 #17 boy name
1965 23,627 134 23,493 #20 boy name
1966 22,398 128 22,270 #20 boy name
1967 21,418 123 21,295 #20 boy name
1968 21,704 130 21,574 #20 boy name
1969 21,817 135 21,682 #19 boy name
1970 22,578 149 22,429 #21 boy name
1971 19,995 145 19,850 #22 boy name
1972 17,106 122 16,984 #23 boy name
1973 15,874 117 15,757 #23 boy name
1974 15,258 102 15,156 #23 boy name
1975 14,706 129 14,577 #25 boy name
1976 14,041 106 13,935 #26 boy name
1977 14,835 88 14,747 #26 boy name
1978 14,969 118 14,851 #27 boy name
1979 14,961 130 14,831 #28 boy name
1980 15,075 116 14,959 #29 boy name
1981 14,531 102 14,429 #31 boy name
1982 14,431 124 14,307 #31 boy name
1983 13,332 121 13,211 #33 boy name
1984 13,051 112 12,939 #33 boy name
1985 12,997 106 12,891 #34 boy name
1986 12,704 85 12,619 #34 boy name
1987 12,247 82 12,165 #35 boy name
1988 12,188 91 12,097 #37 boy name
1989 12,304 60 12,244 #36 boy name
1990 12,033 42 11,991 #38 boy name
1991 11,368 34 11,334 #38 boy name
1992 10,496 32 10,464 #43 boy name
1993 9,884 28 9,856 #43 boy name
1994 9,033 19 9,014 #43 boy name
1995 8,496 22 8,474 #44 boy name
1996 8,267 19 8,248 #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 7,701 8 7,693 #57 boy name
2004 7,702 54 7,648 #56 boy name
2005 7,940 16 7,924 #56 boy name
2006 8,020 14 8,006 #60 boy name
2007 7,462 12 7,450 #62 boy name
2008 7,297 19 7,278 #63 boy name
2009 7,279 0 7,279 #63 boy name
2010 7,101 8 7,093 #63 boy name
2011 6,983 9 6,974 #61 boy name
2012 6,940 15 6,925 #62 boy name
2013 7,015 15 7,000 #57 boy name
2014 7,330 15 7,315 #51 boy name
2015 7,134 9 7,125 #50 boy name

Want to know about the popularity of the Charles baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,383,998 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 40,772 babies. (That's a lot of baby Charles)

According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Charles" ranks #26 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 67 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1964. Across the entire United States a total of 26,031 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

Answer a few simple questions to help us improve the information we display about names on the site.

Where is the name Charles popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Charles in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess one of the most popular Southern U.S. Names? Also check out our name lists to see which names are the most popular in each state.

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.

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.

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.

Popularity:

Charles Barkley

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

Popularity:

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.

Popularity:

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).

Popularity:

Charles Darwin

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

Popularity:

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.

Popularity:

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is a writer. Charles was born in 1812 as Charles John Huffam Dickens in Landport, Hampshire, England.

Popularity:

Other Inspirations for the Name Charles

Charles Manson
Charles Town Wv
Charles Tyrwhitt
Charles Schwab
Charles Stanley
Charles Law
Charles Theater

Alternative Meanings

C is for casual, no pretension here.

H is for happy, your wonderful laugh.

A is for accord, the harmony you spread.

R is for radiant, it's your personality!

L is for lofty, your ambitions are high!

E is for extra, those little things you do!

S is for smile, it gives you face value.

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

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Charles born Mar 19, 1938

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 Northern Canada approximately on 425. Your profession was banker, usurer, moneylender, and judge.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

Name poster for Charles

Name poster for Charles(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

Also see our other name lists.

Names Searched Right Now

< 1k Tiego
136k Herman
< 1k Ebuka
< 1k Cloudine
< 1k Afeera
< 1k Jaywant
< 1k Sexxx
< 1k Marriane
< 1k Jhermina
4k Woody
663k Angela
557k Janet
128k Faith
119k Marissa
57k Joey
< 1k Wrenley
< 1k Rizny
< 1k Shadia
551k Kelly
< 1k Chariz