US Popularity:91
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
  • Charles Barkley
    Basketball Player
  • Charles Bronson
  • Charles Dickens
    Author, Novelist
  • Charles Goodyear
  • Charles M. Schulz
  • Charles Parker, Jr.
    Composer, Musician
  • Charles Schultz
  • Ezzard Charles
  • Ray Charles

Charles Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Charles is currently #505 on The Bump
Boy:Charles is currently #298 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Charles is currently #91 in U.S. births
Boy:Charles is currently #54 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 4
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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