Charles

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2.4m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
61k
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in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Charles mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Charles

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

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  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)
Wiktionary

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 Named Charles

Charles Manson is a criminal.

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

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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 was a 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 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 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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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 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 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 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 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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How popular is the baby 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 5,114 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 4,127 28 4,099 #5 boy name
1901 3,072 23 3,049 #5 boy name
1902 3,386 25 3,361 #5 boy name
1903 3,232 19 3,213 #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 24,269 124 24,145 #7 boy name
1918 27,067 144 26,923 #5 boy name
1919 25,322 129 25,193 #5 boy name
1920 28,472 163 28,309 #5 boy name
1921 29,420 176 29,244 #5 boy name
1922 29,041 199 28,842 #5 boy name
1923 29,119 159 28,960 #5 boy name
1924 30,647 186 30,461 #5 boy name
1925 29,797 216 29,581 #5 boy name
1926 29,750 225 29,525 #5 boy name
1927 32,239 303 31,936 #5 boy name
1928 31,508 271 31,237 #5 boy name
1929 30,197 262 29,935 #5 boy name
1930 32,095 236 31,859 #6 boy name
1931 30,136 213 29,923 #6 boy name
1932 31,295 197 31,098 #6 boy name
1933 29,192 209 28,983 #6 boy name
1934 29,957 168 29,789 #7 boy name
1935 30,126 149 29,977 #6 boy name
1936 29,215 134 29,081 #6 boy name
1937 30,694 176 30,518 #6 boy name
1938 31,280 144 31,136 #6 boy name
1939 30,932 149 30,783 #6 boy name
1940 31,824 140 31,684 #6 boy name
1941 32,881 154 32,727 #6 boy name
1942 36,007 164 35,843 #7 boy name
1943 36,804 176 36,628 #7 boy name
1944 34,789 142 34,647 #7 boy name
1945 32,588 125 32,463 #7 boy name
1946 38,335 134 38,201 #9 boy name
1947 40,909 138 40,771 #9 boy name
1948 38,831 151 38,680 #9 boy name
1949 40,184 141 40,043 #9 boy name
1950 39,263 155 39,108 #9 boy name
1951 39,550 152 39,398 #9 boy name
1952 38,976 121 38,855 #9 boy name
1953 38,529 139 38,390 #9 boy name
1954 37,580 126 37,454 #10 boy name
1955 35,494 149 35,345 #11 boy name
1956 35,361 157 35,204 #11 boy name
1957 34,404 154 34,250 #11 boy name
1958 32,365 129 32,236 #11 boy name
1959 30,910 150 30,760 #11 boy name
1960 29,819 133 29,686 #13 boy name
1961 29,309 119 29,190 #13 boy name
1962 27,714 120 27,594 #15 boy name
1963 26,928 138 26,790 #16 boy name
1964 26,028 128 25,900 #17 boy name
1965 23,628 134 23,494 #20 boy name
1966 22,391 128 22,263 #20 boy name
1967 21,419 123 21,296 #20 boy name
1968 21,705 130 21,575 #20 boy name
1969 21,817 135 21,682 #19 boy name
1970 22,581 149 22,432 #21 boy name
1971 19,995 145 19,850 #22 boy name
1972 17,103 122 16,981 #23 boy name
1973 15,877 117 15,760 #23 boy name
1974 15,257 102 15,155 #23 boy name
1975 14,710 129 14,581 #25 boy name
1976 14,042 106 13,936 #26 boy name
1977 14,831 88 14,743 #26 boy name
1978 14,970 118 14,852 #27 boy name
1979 14,959 130 14,829 #28 boy name
1980 15,074 116 14,958 #29 boy name
1981 14,530 102 14,428 #31 boy name
1982 14,431 124 14,307 #31 boy name
1983 13,330 121 13,209 #33 boy name
1984 13,051 112 12,939 #33 boy name
1985 12,999 106 12,893 #34 boy name
1986 12,703 85 12,618 #34 boy name
1987 12,250 82 12,168 #35 boy name
1988 12,190 91 12,099 #37 boy name
1989 12,306 60 12,246 #36 boy name
1990 12,034 42 11,992 #38 boy name
1991 11,368 34 11,334 #38 boy name
1992 10,497 32 10,465 #43 boy name
1993 9,884 28 9,856 #43 boy name
1994 9,034 19 9,015 #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 7,858 11 7,847 #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 7,213 7 7,206 #58 boy name
2003 7,701 8 7,693 #57 boy name
2004 7,703 54 7,649 #56 boy name
2005 7,942 16 7,926 #56 boy name
2006 8,022 14 8,008 #60 boy name
2007 7,462 12 7,450 #62 boy name
2008 7,300 19 7,281 #63 boy name
2009 7,283 0 7,283 #63 boy name
2010 7,101 8 7,093 #63 boy name
2011 6,986 9 6,977 #61 boy name
2012 6,946 15 6,931 #62 boy name
2013 7,017 15 7,002 #57 boy name
2014 7,344 15 7,329 #51 boy name
2015 7,174 9 7,165 #50 boy name
2016 7,066 16 7,050 #51 boy 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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  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Hall

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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Fun Facts about the name Charles

  • How Popular is the name Charles? Charles is the 10th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Charles was the 51st most popular name. As a last name Charles was the 548th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Charles have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,391,199 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 40,771 babies. That's a lot of babies named Charles!
  • Random Charles Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Charles ranks 11th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 65 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1920.
  • 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 Clarhse. 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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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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