Charlie

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187k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Charlie mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Charlie

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Char"lie
Senses
  1. A familiar nickname or substitute for Charles.
  2. A night watchman; -- an old name.
  3. A short, pointed beard, like that worn by Charles I.
  4. As a proper name, a fox; -- so called in fables and familiar literature.
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  1. A diminutive of the male given name Charles; also used as a formal given name.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Charlotte or Charlene, also used as a formal given name, although less common than the male name.
  3. The letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  4. A name for a fox in fables and folk literature.
  5. A male given name
  6. A female given name
  7. (military slang) An enemy; the Vietcong; short for Victor Charlie.
  8. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
  9. (countable, chiefly Britain, slang, often with "right" and/or "proper") A fool.
    You look a right in that clown outfit! — Yes, we make a right pair of .
    Is your name ? ... Well, you look like one.
  10. (dated) A nightwatchman.
  11. A short, pointed beard, like that of King Charles I.

Charlie was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Charlie

Charlie Sheen is an actor. He has been prominent since 1973. Charlie was given the name Carlos Irwin Estévez by his parents Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen on September 3rd, 1965 in New York, New York, U.S.

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Charlie Puth is a pop music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2009. Charlie was given the name Charles Otto Puth Jr. on December 2nd, 1991 in Rumson, New Jersey, United States.

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Charlie Hunnam is an actor and screenwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Charlie was given the name Charles Matthew Hunnam on April 10th, 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Charlie Heaton is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2015.

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Charlie Day is an actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, and musician. Charlie was given the name Charles Peckham Day on February 9th, 1976 in Hempstead, New York.

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Charlie Brooker is a humourist, satirist, critic, journalist, author, screenwriter, producer, and presenter.He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Charlie was given the name Charlton Brooker on March 3rd, 1971 in Reading, Berkshire, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Charlie

Noor Mohammed Charlie was an actor, singer, and director. He was most prominent from 1925 to 1969. Noor was given the name Noor Mohammed Memon on July 1st, 1911 in Ranavav village, Porbandar, Saurashtra, India. Noor is also known as Charlie. He passed away on June 30th, 1983.

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Charlie was born on October 28th, 1947.

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Nellie Charlie was a in the field of basket weaving. Nellie was given the name Besa-Yoona in 1867 in Lee Vining, California. Nellie is also known as Bessa Yoona. She died in 1965.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 730 0 730 #22 boy name
1881 673 5 668 #21 boy name
1882 759 6 753 #21 boy name
1883 653 10 643 #22 boy name
1884 753 7 746 #24 boy name
1885 714 9 705 #23 boy name
1886 734 11 723 #22 boy name
1887 653 11 642 #24 boy name
1888 809 13 796 #22 boy name
1889 696 11 685 #29 boy name
1890 809 12 797 #21 boy name
1891 723 16 707 #23 boy name
1892 780 19 761 #28 boy name
1893 701 10 691 #30 boy name
1894 721 17 704 #30 boy name
1895 784 17 767 #27 boy name
1896 728 14 714 #32 boy name
1897 737 23 714 #30 boy name
1898 751 23 728 #33 boy name
1899 711 33 678 #31 boy name
1900 1,151 27 1,124 #25 boy name
1901 682 28 654 #31 boy name
1902 796 35 761 #31 boy name
1903 776 37 739 #32 boy name
1904 767 28 739 #33 boy name
1905 840 39 801 #34 boy name
1906 772 28 744 #34 boy name
1907 836 43 793 #35 boy name
1908 783 43 740 #37 boy name
1909 872 39 833 #36 boy name
1910 1,172 65 1,107 #34 boy name
1911 1,022 44 978 #45 boy name
1912 1,525 79 1,446 #57 boy name
1913 1,694 76 1,618 #62 boy name
1914 2,007 101 1,906 #65 boy name
1915 2,319 126 2,193 #75 boy name
1916 2,534 119 2,415 #68 boy name
1917 2,688 151 2,537 #67 boy name
1918 2,921 178 2,743 #70 boy name
1919 3,090 199 2,891 #66 boy name
1920 2,982 197 2,785 #70 boy name
1921 2,713 139 2,574 #76 boy name
1922 2,832 181 2,651 #72 boy name
1923 2,658 183 2,475 #79 boy name
1924 2,680 175 2,505 #80 boy name
1925 2,762 182 2,580 #78 boy name
1926 2,644 200 2,444 #82 boy name
1927 2,713 201 2,512 #80 boy name
1928 2,649 188 2,461 #81 boy name
1929 2,371 185 2,186 #87 boy name
1930 2,291 178 2,113 #91 boy name
1931 2,136 161 1,975 #94 boy name
1932 2,288 161 2,127 #90 boy name
1933 2,138 161 1,977 #95 boy name
1934 2,029 135 1,894 #100 boy name
1935 2,051 128 1,923 #100 boy name
1936 1,967 129 1,838
1937 1,918 162 1,756
1938 1,941 140 1,801
1939 1,884 136 1,748
1940 1,898 134 1,764
1941 1,868 111 1,757
1942 1,987 118 1,869
1943 1,976 145 1,831
1944 2,012 132 1,880
1945 1,835 111 1,724
1946 1,900 113 1,787
1947 2,030 117 1,913
1948 2,015 113 1,902
1949 1,946 115 1,831
1950 1,780 103 1,677
1951 1,783 101 1,682
1952 1,751 83 1,668
1953 1,614 80 1,534
1954 1,536 83 1,453
1955 1,509 72 1,437
1956 1,603 73 1,530
1957 1,525 72 1,453
1958 1,482 55 1,427
1959 1,468 51 1,417
1960 1,290 45 1,245
1961 1,265 44 1,221
1962 1,265 41 1,224
1963 1,209 44 1,165
1964 1,103 33 1,070
1965 995 28 967
1966 867 31 836
1967 837 32 805
1968 764 25 739
1969 796 24 772
1970 791 21 770
1971 707 12 695
1972 650 10 640
1973 633 19 614
1974 572 19 553
1975 590 25 565
1976 624 59 565
1977 690 81 609
1978 720 62 658
1979 768 71 697
1980 668 71 597
1981 675 61 614
1982 574 56 518
1983 596 43 553
1984 612 73 539
1985 627 79 548
1986 643 108 535
1987 642 109 533
1988 620 121 499
1989 608 86 522
1990 655 118 537
1991 647 130 517
1992 578 92 486
1993 544 103 441
1994 558 111 447
1995 627 117 510
1996 596 137 459
1997 604 135 469
1998 627 132 495
1999 684 136 548
2000 657 129 528
2001 691 138 553
2002 769 170 599
2003 883 175 708
2004 1,034 222 812
2005 1,191 257 934
2006 1,286 355 931
2007 1,320 367 953
2008 1,492 403 1,089
2009 1,745 490 1,255
2010 2,098 670 1,428
2011 2,375 856 1,519
2012 2,578 1,045 1,533
2013 2,886 1,325 1,561
2014 3,121 1,436 1,685
2015 3,223 1,557 1,666
2016 3,448 1,751 1,697

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Popularity of Charlie as a first name

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Popularity of Charlie as a last name

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Common last names for Charlie

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  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Moore
  • Harris
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Walker
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Hall
  • Miller
  • Clark
  • Martin

Common first names for Charlie

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Charlie U.S.
  White 21.18% 64.26%
  African American 11.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 57.85% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.35% 16.26%

Of Last Name Charlie

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

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Fun Facts about the name Charlie

  • How Popular is the name Charlie? Charlie is the 387th most popular name of all time. As a last name Charlie was the 19,306th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Charlie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 187,349 babies born with the first name Charlie in the United States. That's more than enough people named Charlie to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Charlie? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 730 new born babies.
  • When was Charlie first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Charlie is Saturday, March 14th, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Charlie born? The highest recorded use of the first name Charlie was in 1919 with a total of 2,891 babies. That's a lot of babies named Charlie!
  • Random Charlie Factoid: According to the 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Charlie ranks 44th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 178 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1949.
  • Weird things about the name Charlie: Your name in reverse order is Eilrahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ichaler. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Charlie? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,402 people with the last name Charlie.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Charlie? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Charlie as their last name since less than 1 person in 208k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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