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Charlemagne, King of the Franks
Gender Male
Meaning "Free Man"
Origin Proto-Germanic
Popularity Popular names page

Charles is a given name for males, and has its origins in the Common Germanic term Churl, where it originally was used to indicate a free man, but not one belonging to the nobility. Related to this name are Carlos and Carl. Derivations of Charles include Charlie, Chuck and Chay. Female versions of this name include Charlotte, Charlotta, Carolyn, Caroline, Carlotta, and Charlene.

Charles may also refer to:




In Austrian nobility:

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In Hungarian nobility:

In Italian nobility:

In Monaco nobility:

In Portuguese nobility:

  • Charles I of Portugal, second to last King of Portugal and Algarves from 1889 to 1908
  • Infante Carlos (1716-1730), 2nd son of King John V

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In arts and entertainment

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Fictional people

In crime and law enforcement

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Other people

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CHARLES (Fr. Charles; Span. Carlos; Ital. Carlo; Ger. Karl; derived from O.H.G. Charal,latinized as Carolus, meaning originally "man": cf. Mod. Ger., Kerl," fellow," A.S. ceorl, Mod. Eng. "churl"), a masculine proper name. It has been borne by many European princes, notices of the more important of whom are given below in the following order: (i) Roman emperors, (2) kings of England, (3) other kings in the alphabetical order of their states, (4) other reigning princes in the same order, (5) nonreigning princes. Those princes who are known by a name in addition to Charles (Charles Albert, &c.) will be found after the private individuals bearing Charles as a surname.

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary




From the French Charles, from the German Karl, from the Germanic root karal, meaning person, free man; compare the English word churl and the German Kerl.

Proper noun




  1. A male given name
  2. A patronymic surname.

Usage notes

Common given name since the Middle Ages.

Related terms


  • 1599 William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act I, Scene II:
    Charles the Great / Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French / Beyond the river Sala, in the year / Eight hundred five.
  • 1844 Edgar Allan Poe: Thou Art the Man:
    - - - there never was any person named Charles who was not an open, manly, honest, good-natured, and frank-hearted fellow, with a rich, clear, voice, that did you good to hear it, and an eye that looked at you always straight at the face, as much as to say: "I have a clear conscience myself, am afraid of no man, and am altogether above doing a mean action." And thus all the hearty, careless,'walking gentlemen' of the stage are very certain to be called Charles. ( Note: Charles turns out to be the villain of this story.)
  • 1988 Ed McBain: The House That Jack Built: page 212:
    - - - spoke the way the English do, funny, you know? His name was Roger, I think. Or Nigel. Something like that." / "How about Charles?" / "Charles? Well, yes, it could have been.Charles does sound English, doesn't it? Their prince is named Charles, isn't he?"




Proper noun

Charles m.

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Charles

Old French

Alternative forms

Proper noun


  1. A male given name, cognate to English Charles


Proper noun


  1. A male given name borrowed from English and French.

Simple English

Charles is a boy's name of German origin. There are many famous people named Charles:

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