Charles: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Charles

Charles

Pronunciation: CHAHRLZ (key)

Origin of the name Charles:

Charles is derived from the Germanic karl (full-grown, a man), which is a cognate of the Old English ceorl (a man, freeman, peasant). It is a royal name, being borne by ten kings of France as well as by kings of Hungary, Naples, Sardinia, and Wüttemberg. It was introduced to Great Britain by Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 - 87), who bestowed it upon her son, Charles James (1566- 1625). His son and grandson both rules as King Charles, furthering the name's popularity.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Charlie, Chuck, Chip, Chaz, Chas, Char, Chucky

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Charles Addams - American cartoonist
Charles Dickens - English writer
Charles Dodgson (A.K.A. Lewis Carol) - English writer
Charles Gibbs - American pirate
Charles Gibson - American news anchor and journalist
Charles Lindbergh - American pilot
Charles Manson - American cult leader
Charles Martinet - American voice actor
Charles Ponzi - Italian businessman and conman
Charles M. Schulz - American cartoonist
Charles de Gaulle - former French president
Charles Darwin

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Charles Xavier from X-Men
Charles "Chuck" Bass from Gossip Girl
Charles Augustus Magnussen from BBC’s Sherlock

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