Name Charlie Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Charlie


Charlie is a ♀ girl’s name and a ♂ boy’s name. Charlie thus belongs to the gender-neutral unisex names.

What is the origin of the name Charlie?

Charlie is a diminutive of Charles or Karl and is suitable for boys and girls.

What does the name Charlie mean?

Charlie means “woman” or “man” (from Germanic “karal”), “free woman” or “free man” (from Middle Low German “kerle”) and “warrior”, “warrior woman” or “army” (from Old High German “heri”).

Charlie as a unisex name

Both in the German and English language Charlie has become accepted as a unisex name. After the name was given for a long time rather for boys, many parents now also call their daughters Charlie. In addition to the spelling Charlie, there are also the variants Charly, Charli, Charley and Charlye.

Suitable second names

One can additionally assign a gender-indicating second name. For girls, Charlie Violet, Charlie Amelia, Charlie Alondra, Charlie Justine and Charlie Rose are nice options. For a baby boy, Charlie Oliver, Charlie Leonard, Charlie Emmett, Charlie Liam or Charlie Arthur are perfect.

Famous people with the name Charlie

  • Charlie Sheen is the stage name of American actor Carlos Irwin Estévez, born in 1965. Just like his father, actor Martin Sheen, Charlie decided to use Sheen as a pseudonym. Charlie Sheen looks back on a long career with many roles, including his role as Charlie Harper in the TV sitcom “Two and a Half Men” (2003 - 2011) that made him the highest paid TV actor in the USA. However, the creators of the series ended the cooperation after Sheen’s alcohol and drug problem increasingly worsened and a public dispute with the producers of the series flared up. The role of Charlie Harper was then dropped from the series and Ashton Kutcher took Charlie Sheen’s place as the main character. After a longer career break, Charlie can now be seen again in some productions.
  • Another famous actor, writer and producer is Charlie Day (born 1976). He got famous for his role als Charlie Kelly in “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia” (since 2005) and many roles after that. He mostly plays comedic roles and is also a co-writer for the Apple TV series “Mythic Quest” (since 2020).
  • The drummer of arguably the most popular rock band of the 20th century, the Rolling Stones, was Charlie Watts (1941 - 2021). Charlie began his musical career in blues and jazz clubs until he met his future bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones. He played for the Rolling Stones for a total of 58 years. Originally trained as a graphic designer, Charlie Watts also designed some of the band’s album covers and stage productions himself.
  • Another world-famous Charlie is Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977). Charlie strongly influenced the early film scene and is still a symbol of comedy and cinematography. He became world famous for the character he created, the “Tramp,” for which he grew his iconic mustache and wore a bowler hat. In 1919, together with artists such as Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, he founded the film company “United Artists”, which had a great impact on the American film industry.

Fictional name bearers

  • Good Luck Charlie is a Disney created sitcom that aired from 2011 until 2014. It is about the Duncan family, who gives advice to their youngest daughter Charlie through a video diary to help her deal with the difficulties she might face with puberty.
  • A film with a main character named Charlie is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) by Tim Burton. The film adaptation of the children’s book by Roald Dahl with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter revolves around a group of children who look behind the scenes of a mysterious chocolate factory.
  • Charlie Brown is the main character of the comic strip “Peanuts”, wich appeared in newspapers and magazines from 1950 to 2000. The creator of the “Peanuts” is Charles M. Schulz. Charlie Brown is described as a “lovable Loser” and always wears a zigzag patterned shirt.
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Pronunciation of Charlie

Variants of the name Charlie

Charley Charli Charly

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Popularity of the name Charlie

The name Charlie is ranked #76 overall. It is very popular with parents-to-be and is often chosen as a baby name.

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