GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: SHAR-LAWT (French), SHAHR-lət (English), shar-LAW-tə (German), shah-LOT (Swedish), shahr-LAWT-tə (Dutch)  [details]

Meaning & History

French feminine diminutive of CHARLES. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. A notable bearer was Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), the eldest of the three Brontë sisters and the author of 'Jane Eyre' and 'Villette'.
VARIANT: Charlotta (Swedish)
DIMINUTIVES: Lottie, Tottie, Totty (English), Lotte (German), Lotta, Lotte, Lottie (Swedish), Lotte (Norwegian), Lotte (Danish), Lotte (Dutch)
MASCULINE FORMS: Charles (French), Carl, Carol, Charles, Karl (English), Carl, Karl (German), Carl, Karl (Swedish), Carl, Karl (Norwegian), Carl, Karl (Danish), Karel (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Charlize (Afrikaans), Carolina (Ancient Germanic), Carla (Catalan), Karla, Karolina (Croatian), Karolína (Czech), Karoliina, Lotta (Finnish), Karola, Karolina (Hungarian), Séarlait (Irish), Carla, Carlotta, Carola, Carolina (Italian), Karolina (Lithuanian), Karolina (Macedonian), Karolina (Polish), Carla, Carlota, Carolina (Portuguese), Karolina (Slovene), Carla, Carlota, Carolina (Spanish)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017