I've never met a girl Charlie
hasn't been popular in South Africa
, so I suppose the nicknaming process for it never really kicked in. (Where there are Charlottes, in my experience they speak Afrikaans as their first language and pronounce it sharLOT.)
I was at school with a Charlene
, not the famous one, who was known as Charles
for some reason - not a butch lass at all - but never Charlie
. All the Charlies I've known have been guys, and I tend to think of Prince Charles Edward
when I hear it.