Girl Names baby nameCharlotte

What does the name Charlotte mean?

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
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.