Meaning and Origin of: Charlie

Meaning and Origin of Charlie

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Italian : Valiant, strong, free
  • Spanish : Little and womanly; Variation of Charlotte or Caroline

What does Charlie mean and stand for?

The name Charlie is of English origin and means "free man". It is a diminutive of Charles and Charlotte.

Syllables: 2

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Manly

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : variant spelling of Charley.

Famous people with this first name


According to Social Security Administration data, Charlie has been increasingly popular, rapidly jumping the ranks after entering the top 200 in 2016 and top 150 in 2018. It reached its peak at 122 in 2020, and doesn't show signs of slowing down.

However, it is the 17th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Charlie was at its peak popularity in April 2017.

Charlie, which was once a boys' nickname, has now gained momentum as a girls' name, surpassing the number of boys named Charlie in 2015. Model Charlie Barker, actress Charlie Russel, and actress Charlie Hancock are notable namesakes. However, the name is much more popular among celebrity children, having been chosen by singer Chris Cheney, model Rebecca Romijn, actor Jeremy Sisto, actor Joshua Morrow, singer Nicolle Galyon, and actors Dave and Odette Annable. Charlie is also a popular name for entertainment characters, appearing in Good Luck, Charlie, Hereditary, Revolution, Degrassi, Supernatural, and Graceland.

As a boys name, Charlie most invokes images of Charlie Chaplin and Charlie Brown.

Where is it Popular?

Charlie was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Charlie
  • Char
  • Cholly

Pairs well with these middle names