Charles

Charles - A unique male name



  Jan 17,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Charles, meaning free man, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #7. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Charles and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Charles? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Charles. The baby boy name Charles was given to 6,873 baby boys in 2012, ranking #61 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 239 baby boys were given this name - making this a unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Charles peaked in popularity 101 years ago in 1918 on position 5.



Famous with this name

Charles Dance
Charles Bronson
Charles Dunlop


How would you rate Charles, 1-5?

Rating: 5/5 (10 people)


Charles is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Charles is currently topping the baby name charts in District of Columbia at position #23 - and is the least popular in Idaho at position #154.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Charles is where you live.


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Charles origin and meaning

Charles is a 7 letter name with 1 syllables. This name means free man. To see famous people named Charles, pop culture references for the name Charles and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Charles

We've found the following names that sound similar to Charles, sorted by popularity.

Carlos / Charleston / Carlisle / Carlis / Carles / Carlosdaniel / Corliss / Carols / Carlosmanuel / Charls /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
201261
201161
201063
200963
200863
200762
200660
200556
200456
200357
200258
200155
200051
199950
199848
199749
199643
199544
199443
199343
199243
199138
199038
198936
198837
198735
198634
198534
198433
198333
198231
198131
198029
197928
197827
197726
197626
197525
197423
197323
197223
197122
197021
196919
196820
196720
196620
196520
196417
196316
196215
196113
196013
195911
195811
195711
195611
195511
195410
19539
19529
19519
19509
19499
19489
19479
19469
19457
19447
19437
19427
19416
19406
19396
19386
19376
19366
19356
19347
19336
19326
19316
19306
19295
19285
19275
19265
19255
19245
19235
19225
19215
19205
19195
19185
19177
19166
19157
19147
19137
19127
19117
19107

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
District of Columbia23
Alabama24
Minnesota28
Kentucky36
Massachusetts36
Mississippi37
South Carolina38
Tennessee38
New Hampshire38
Georgia39
Wisconsin40
Kansas41
Alaska42
Illinois42
Missouri44
Wyoming46
Oregon46
Connecticut46
Utah46
Virginia46
Delaware47
West Virginia48
Louisiana48
Ohio48
Maryland48
Vermont48
Rhode Island49
Iowa50
New York53
North Dakota53
North Carolina55
Nebraska56
South Dakota60
Indiana61
New Jersey61
Michigan61
Pennsylvania63
Colorado67
Montana68
Oklahoma70
Arkansas71
Washington73
Florida78
Hawaii78
Maine79
Texas84
Nevada91
Arizona91
California103
New Mexico121
Idaho154

Even more about Charles


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Charles a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Charles?

1 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1918
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Charles
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 239
Letter count 7
Syllable count 1
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +6,873

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