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Charles

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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 5,114 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

Fun Facts about the name Charles

  • How many people with the first name Charles have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,383,998 babies born with the first name Charles in the United States. That's more than enough people named Charles to occupy the country of Namibia with an estimated population of 2,364,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Charles? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5,359 new born babies.
  • When was Charles first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Charles is Saturday, August 3rd, 1805.
  • What year had the most people named Charles born? The highest recorded use of the first name Charles was in 1947 with a total of 40,772 babies. That's a lot of babies named Charles!
  • Random Charles Factoid: According to the 1955 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Charles ranks 13th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 306 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1955.
  • Weird things about the name Charles: Your name in reverse order is Selrahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rahcels. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Charles? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 61,211 people with the last name Charles.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Charles? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 21 of them will have Charles as their last name.

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Popularity of Charles as a first name

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Popularity of Charles as a last name

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Common last names for Charles

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  • Anderson
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  • Thompson
  • Martin
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Charles U.S.
  White 33.69% 64.26%
  African American 52.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.01% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Charles

People with the last name Charles are most frequently White or African American

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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.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston
  2. King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor; conqueror of the Lombards and Saxons (742-814)
  3. French physicist and author of Charles's law which anticipated Gay-Lussac's law (1746-1823)
  4. The eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the English throne (born in 1948)
  5. Son of James I who was King of England and Scotland and Ireland; was deposed and executed by Oliver Cromwell (1600-1649)
  6. King of England and Scotland and Ireland during the Restoration (1630-1685)
  7. As Charles II he was Holy Roman Emperor and as Charles I he was king of France (823-877)
  8. King of France who began his reign with most of northern France under English control; after the intervention of Jeanne d'Arc the French were able to defeat the English and end the Hundred Years' War (1403-1461)
  9. King of France from 1560 to 1574 whose reign was dominated by his mother Catherine de Medicis (1550-1574)

From the French Charles, from the Old High German Karl, from the Proto-Germanic *karlaz (“person, free man”); compare the English word churl and the German Kerl.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Charles was also found in the following language(s): French, Norman, Old French, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Charles

Charles Manson

Charles Manson is a criminal.

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Charles Whitman

Charles Whitman is a criminal. Charles is also known as The Texas Tower Sniper.

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Sir Charles Chaplin

Sir Charles Chaplin was an actor, director, composer, screenwriter, producer, and editor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1899 to 1976. Charles was given the name Charles Spencer Chaplin on April 16th, 1889 in London, England. He left this life on December 25th, 1977.

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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was a notable human in the fields of natural history and geology. Charles was given the name Charles Robert Darwin on February 12th, 1809 in The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He died on April 19th, 1882.

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was a writer. Charles was given the name Charles John Huffam Dickens on February 7th, 1812 in Landport, Hampshire, England. He passed away on June 9th, 1870.

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Charles I

Charles I was royalty. He was most prominent from 1625 to 1625. Charles was born as the child of James VI, I, and Anne of Denmark on November 19th, 1600 in Dunfermline Palace, Dunfermline, Scotland. He breathed his last breath on January 30th, 1649.

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  • Charles Barkley
    (basketball player)
  • Charles II
    (royalty)
  • Charlie Hunnam
    (actor)
  • Buddy Holly
    (musician)
  • Robert Redford
    (actor)
  • Charles Bronson
    (actor)
  • Joel Kinnaman
    (actor)
  • Chuck Berry
    (musician)
  • Charles de Gaulle
    (military)
  • Lewis Carroll
    (writer)
  • Charles V
    (royalty)
  • Charles Dance
    (actor)
  • Charlie Day
    (actor)
  • Charles Babbage
    (scientist)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Charles

Prince Charles

Prince Charles is royalty. He holds the title Prince of Wales;Duke of Rothesay([[#Titles, styles, honours, arms, Prince of Wales, and Duke of Rothesay. Prince was born as the child of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Elizabeth II on November 14th, 1948 in Buckingham Palace, London, England.

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Ray Charles

Ray Charles was a rhythm, blues, soul music, gospel music, country music, jazz, pop music, rock, and roll musician. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He was most active from 1947 to 2001. Ray was given the name Raymond Charles Robinson on September 23rd, 1930 in Albany, Georgia, U.S. He passed away on June 10th, 2004.

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RuPaul

RuPaul is a dance-pop, electronic dance music, hi-nrg, house music, contemporary r&b, eurodance, and electro house drag queen, author, singing, songwriter, actor, model (people), and reality television. He was most active from 1985 to present. RuPaul was given the name RuPaul Andre Charles on November 17th, 1960 in San Diego.

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Josh Charles

Josh Charles is an actor. He was most active from 1988 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Aaron Charles on September 15th, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

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Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles is a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Jamaal was born on December 27th, 1986 in Port Arthur, Texas.

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Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean is a rhythm, blues, pop music, and soul music musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, and Steelpan. He was most active from 1969 to present. Billy was given the name Leslie Sebastian Charles on January 21st, 1950 in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago.

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What does the name Charles mean?

Cis for captive, your web of charm.

His for hardy, can't keep you down!

Ais for approachable, constantly meeting new people

Ris for respect, earned through your actions

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Eis for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

Sis for self respect, a solid score here.

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