Origin:German
Popularity:81
Meaning:free man
The German boy’s name Charles means “free man.” Charles is a royal name that dates back to the reign of Charlemagne, the first Charles the Great. Ever the well-traveled name, it has graced monarchs in England, France, Spain, Hungary, and Portugal since. Then there are pioneers like Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, and silent-film star Charlie Chaplin. Aviator Charles Lindbergh took the first transatlantic solo flight, and jazz great Charlie Parker helped invent the musical style bebop. This name comes bursting with historical figures to learn from, so if you’re hoping to give baby an education in just two syllables, Charles is a strong contender.

Famous People Named Charles

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Charles Babbage
    Inventor
  • Charles Barkley
    Basketball Player
  • Charles Bronson
    Actor
  • Charles Dickens
    Author, Novelist
  • Charles Goodyear
    Inventor
  • Charles M. Schulz
    Cartoonist
  • Charles Parker, Jr.
    Composer, Musician
  • Charles Schultz
    Illustrator
  • Ezzard Charles
    Boxer
  • Ray Charles
    Musician

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Source: Social Security Administration

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