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Origin and Meaning of Charm

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  • A submission from Canada says the name Charm means "The name charm means to me is beautiful and loving" and is of English origin.
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Charm is of English origin and means "To be blessed with luck and beauty".
  • According to a user from Georgia, United States, the name Charm is of French origin and means "Charming".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Charm
  1. A melody; a song.(Obs)"With charm of earliest birds." [Milton.]"Free liberty to chant our charms at will." [Spenser.]
  2. A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation."My high charms work." [Shak.]
  3. That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality." Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul." [Pope.]"The charm of beauty's powerful glance." [Milton.]
  4. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
  5. Any small decorative object worn on the person, as a seal, a key, a silver whistle, or the like. Bunches of charms are often worn at the watch chain.
  6. [Physics] a property of certain quarks which may take the value of +1, -1 or 0.
    synonyms: Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment; fascination; attraction.

Etymology: F. charme, fr. L. carmen song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. çasman çasā, a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise to sing

verb Charm
  1. To make music upon; to tune.(Obs. & R)"Here we our slender pipes may safely charm." [Spenser.]
  2. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic."No witchcraft charm thee!" [Shak.]
  3. To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe."Music the fiercest grief can charm." [Pope.]
  4. To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate."They, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear." [Milton.]
  5. To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences; as, a charmed life."I, in my own woe charmed, Could not find death." [Shak.]
    synonyms: - To fascinate; enchant; enrapture; captivate; bewitch; allure; subdue; delight; entice; transport.

Etymology: Cf. F. charmer. See Charm (n.)

verb Charm
  1. To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms."The voice of charmers, charming never so wisely." [Ps. lviii. 5.]
  2. To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating.
  3. To make a musical sound.(Obs)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something believed to bring good luck
  2. Attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates
  3. (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
  4. A verbal formula believed to have magical force ("inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese")
  5. Induce into action by using one's charm ("She charmed him into giving her all his money")
  6. Protect through supernatural powers or charms
  7. Attract; cause to be enamored
  8. Control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft

From Old French charme (chant, magic spell), from Latin carmen (song, incantation)

  1. An object, act or words believed to have magic power (usually carries a positive connotation).
    a against evil
    It works like a .
  2. The ability to persuade, delight or arouse admiration; often constructed in the plural.
    He had great personal .
    She tried to win him over with her .
  3. (physics) A quantum number of hadrons determined by the quantity of charm quarks & antiquarks.
  4. A small trinket on a bracelet or chain, etc., traditionally supposed to confer luck upon the wearer.
    She wears a bracelet on her wrist.

Variant of chirm, from Middle English chirme, from Old English ċierm (“cry, alarm”), from Proto-Germanic *karmiz.

  1. The mixed sound of many voices, especially of birds or children.
  2. A flock, group (especially of finches).

    charm was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Charm

    Charm was born in 1954.


    She holds the title Miss Thailand Universe 2006. Charm was given the name Onwarin Charlie Osathanond on June 17th, 1987 in Nonthaburi (city).


    Charm Tong is a teacher. Charm was born in 1981 in Shan State.


    Charm was born on October 10th, 1953 in Kabwe, Zambia. He died on May 6th, 2008.


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    Popularity of Charm as a first name

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    Popularity of Charm as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Charm U.S.
      White 58.77% 64.26%
      African American 34.21% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.26% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Charm

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Charm

    • How Popular is the name Charm? Charm is the 18,715th most popular name of all time. As a last name Charm was the 145,220th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Charm have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 395 babies born with the first name Charm in the United States. That's more than enough people named Charm to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Charm? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1937 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Charm first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Charm is Saturday, October 29th, 1881.
    • What year had the most people named Charm born? The highest recorded use of the first name Charm was in 2017 with a total of 49 babies.
    • Random Charm Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Charm is not a popular baby girl's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 2017.
    • Weird things about the name Charm: Your name in reverse order is Mrahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cmahr. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Charm? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 114 people with the last name Charm.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Charm? Charm is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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