Charley

First Name
30k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Charley

"Charley" is a name of English origin, and it means "Free Man". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. A diminutive of the male given name Charles.
  2. A diminutive of the female names Charlotte and Charlene.
  3. Alternative form of Charlie (a fool)

Notable Persons Named Charley

Charley Pride is a country music and gospel music singer, musician, recording artist, performer, business owner, and businessperson. He was most active from 1966 to present. Charley was given the name Charley Frank Pride on March 18th, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi, United States.

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Charley Boorman is a writer, television presenter, and traveller. He was most prominent from 1972 to present. Charley was born Charley Boorman on August 23rd, 1966 in Wimbledon, London, England.

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Charley was born on August 6th, 1987 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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Charley Patton was a delta blues, country blues, and gospel blues musician. He plays Guitar and slide guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1916 to 1934. Charley was born in Hinds County, Mississippi, U.S. Charley is also known as The Masked Marvel and Elder J. J. Hadley. He left this life on April 28th, 1934.

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Charley Grapewin was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1900 to 1951. Charley was given the name Charles Ellsworth Grapewin on December 20th, 1869 in Xenia, Ohio, U.S. He left this life on February 2nd, 1956.

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Charley Webb is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2000. Charley was given the name Charlotte Anne Webb on February 26th, 1988 in Bury, Greater Manchester, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Charley

Scarface was born in 1851. He died on December 3rd, 1896.

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Boston was born in 1854. He breathed his last breath on October 3rd, 1873.

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Dele was born on March 27th, 1948 in Freetown. He died on May 8th, 1993.

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Buckskin was born in 1840. He died in 1936.

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William Thomas Charley was a Common Serjeant of London. William was born on March 5th, 1833 in Woodbourne, County Antrim. He passed away on July 8th, 1904.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 305 0 305 #58 boy name
1881 266 0 266 #62 boy name
1882 262 0 262 #67 boy name
1883 254 0 254 #63 boy name
1884 290 0 290 #64 boy name
1885 285 0 285 #65 boy name
1886 214 0 214 #81 boy name
1887 221 0 221 #75 boy name
1888 254 0 254 #78 boy name
1889 199 0 199 #88 boy name
1890 183 0 183 #93 boy name
1891 193 0 193 #82 boy name
1892 210 0 210 #92 boy name
1893 191 0 191 #94 boy name
1894 186 0 186 #99 boy name
1895 178 0 178
1896 168 0 168
1897 156 0 156
1898 170 0 170
1899 120 0 120
1900 224 0 224
1901 165 7 158
1902 168 0 168
1903 126 0 126
1904 166 0 166
1905 168 0 168
1906 157 0 157
1907 164 0 164
1908 155 0 155
1909 152 5 147
1910 189 8 181
1911 160 0 160
1912 288 0 288
1913 278 0 278
1914 368 9 359
1915 426 12 414
1916 477 16 461
1917 469 12 457
1918 470 8 462
1919 484 14 470
1920 503 18 485
1921 472 16 456
1922 444 9 435
1923 432 11 421
1924 446 16 430
1925 372 22 350
1926 410 12 398
1927 379 14 365
1928 339 17 322
1929 340 18 322
1930 300 11 289
1931 271 13 258
1932 300 18 282
1933 255 9 246
1934 268 14 254
1935 259 19 240
1936 249 11 238
1937 201 13 188
1938 248 13 235
1939 203 10 193
1940 214 13 201
1941 221 13 208
1942 204 6 198
1943 227 19 208
1944 212 12 200
1945 164 8 156
1946 159 0 159
1947 198 10 188
1948 171 10 161
1949 183 11 172
1950 183 9 174
1951 154 10 144
1952 162 6 156
1953 144 7 137
1954 134 5 129
1955 147 7 140
1956 140 0 140
1957 134 9 125
1958 128 0 128
1959 138 0 138
1960 135 0 135
1961 99 0 99
1962 109 0 109
1963 149 0 149
1964 106 5 101
1965 92 0 92
1966 83 0 83
1967 76 0 76
1968 87 6 81
1969 96 0 96
1970 94 0 94
1971 90 6 84
1972 73 0 73
1973 66 0 66
1974 72 0 72
1975 75 9 66
1976 68 11 57
1977 89 14 75
1978 88 18 70
1979 88 17 71
1980 93 15 78
1981 107 23 84
1982 89 17 72
1983 74 19 55
1984 90 26 64
1985 96 46 50
1986 117 54 63
1987 124 63 61
1988 113 62 51
1989 110 63 47
1990 112 56 56
1991 101 51 50
1992 96 59 37
1993 94 52 42
1994 103 60 43
1995 108 60 48
1996 118 69 49
1997 113 80 33
1998 129 90 39
1999 120 78 42
2000 117 73 44
2001 110 73 37
2002 138 93 45
2003 169 122 47
2004 242 168 74
2005 261 192 69
2006 290 224 66
2007 319 239 80
2008 340 263 77
2009 370 279 91
2010 414 323 91
2011 546 461 85
2012 559 484 75
2013 667 578 89
2014 714 637 77
2015 688 603 85
2016 634 555 79

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Popularity of Charley as a first name

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Popularity of Charley as a last name

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Common last names for Charley

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  • Williams
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  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Anderson
  • Harris
  • Scott
  • Bailey

Common first names for Charley

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Charley U.S.
  White 20.07% 64.26%
  African American 15.35% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.28% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 56.18% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Charley

People with the last name Charley are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Charley

  • How Popular is the name Charley? Charley is the 1,348th most popular name of all time. As a last name Charley was the 7,876th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Charley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 30,187 babies born with the first name Charley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Charley to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Charley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 305 new born babies.
  • When was Charley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Charley is Friday, February 22nd, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Charley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Charley was in 2014 with a total of 637 babies.
  • Random Charley Factoid: According to the 1913 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Charley ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 10 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1913.
  • Weird things about the name Charley: Your name in reverse order is Yelrahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rylahce. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Charley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,201 people with the last name Charley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Charley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Charley as their last name.

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  • 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).
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