The meaning of the name “Charlotte” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Charlotte, the name of many royals from around the world, is a French diminutive of the name Charles, which in turn came from the German name Karl, meaning ‘free man’, giving Charlotte the meaning ‘free woman’. Because of its root in ‘Karl’, Germanic countries sometimes use variants of ‘Carolina’ in place of Charlotte, like ‘Karla’, ‘Karolina’, and ‘Carlotta’. Charlotte as a name fell in popularity in the 1950s, but has seen a recent rise since 2000, and was the tenth most popular name for girls in the USA in 2014. Its popularity is set to increase with the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015.
Whilst moderately popular in the US (it was ranked 123rd in 2006, and is most popular on the East coast), it is very common in the UK, where it stayed at 12th place in 2007, the same position it holds in Belgium. It is also extremely popular in New Zealand, being the 1st name there in 2006, and in the Australian states of Victoria (2nd), New South Wales (2nd), South Australia (2nd), Queensland (3rd) and Western Australia (8th).
Charlotte can be shortened in a number of ways, either by focusing on the first syllable – Charli, Charlie, Charley, or Char – or on the last – Lotte, Lottie, Lotta, or Tottie. As a longer given name, it is prone to misspellings, like ‘Charlette’, ‘Charlote’, and ‘Charllote’. In France, aside from Charles, the name ‘Charlot’ is used as a masculine variant of Charlotte. With its popularity as a royal name, similar names to Charlotte include Jane, Mary, Elizabeth, Anne, Catherine and Victoria.
As a place name, Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina, which was named after the Queen consort of George III - Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. There is also a dessert named Charlotte, which may have been named after Queen Charlotte.
The most recent royal to be named Charlotte is Prince William of Cambridge’s daughter. Other famous Charlottes include Charlotte Brontë (English author), Charlotte Church (Welsh singer), and Queen Charlotte of England (wife of George III, thought to be of African descent and credited with decorating trees at Christmas in England long before Prince Albert).
Famous fictional Charlottes include the eponymous spider in Charlotte’s Web, Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice, and Charlotte ‘Lottie’ La Bouff from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.
Hotel Charlotte in California was opened in 1921 and owned by Charlotte DeFerrari, and there are rumours that after she died in the 1970s, she continued to haunt the premises.
Pronunciation: (SHAR lot) Form of: Charles Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Charlotte Bronte, a great poet and author
Considering Charlotte as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Charlotte for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Charlotte is a girl name.
The name Charlotte is of English, French, Germanic origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, French speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Charlotte we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Charlotte Name Meaning
The meaning of Charlotte has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Charlotte are:
Germanic meaning: Free man, Little and Womanly
English meaning: Man, Little and Womanly
French meaning: Free man, Little and Womanly
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Charlotte and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Charlotte and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Charlotte is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Charlotte
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Charlotte displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Charlotte Boy Name Popularity Chart
Charlotte Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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