Confusing pronunciation. My aunt pronounces it ‘SHAR-LUS’.
This is my legal name, and I like it a lot. I used to hate being called Charles and just went by Charlie my whole life because Charles sounded too formal and old, but now I've grown up a bit and I've realised that it really is quite nice. My parents set me up well for my adult life, because by calling me Charles it allowed me to have a formal job and sound professional. Thanks, parents :)To summarise: this is a good name, call your kids Charles.
I love it. It sounds royal in my opinion. It's very handsome, timeless, classic and nice.
Serious and respectful.
I like this name, actually! I find it very classy and charming. The “Char” part in Charles even sounds like charming!
I mean, I personally love it. Sounds really classy to me. I respect others' opinions, though.
Aka the best character in Henry Stickmin.THIS IS THE GREATEST NAAAAME *crashes helicopter.
I think Charles is a nice name. Very classy and deeply rich in history. Plus, I love Charlie for short ;)
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I don’t like it, it’s sounds old and boring.
I used to dislike Charles, but I think it sounds handsome and nice now. Love the nickname Charlie but no Chuck.
Come on people, Charles is not a bad name at all. A timeless classic. Charlie is a nice nickname as well.
This name is just snobby snot.
Its meaning makes no sense! What on earth does free man mean?
Makes me wanna puke.
Sounds so rough.
What do you mean? Several people named Charl?
Sounds very royal.
Super boring. Hate it.
Such a timeless, classic boy's name!
I really like this name and personally believe that this is very timeless with a varying degree of class and sophistication.
Really elegant, quality, classic name! I like it a lot! It looks so nice and it's just a beautiful, good quality name! I think Charles is one of the best male names.
Also Provençal: --- Source: Institut d'Estudis Occitans
Boring. Yawn.
Oh please, Charles is certainly not boring, but is quite charming. However, your trolling comment IS boring and yawn inducing.
My name is Charles. When I was younger I didn't like my name at all, Charles or Chuck. As a teenager I started to feel more comfortable with Charlie and stressed to my friends to call me that. Not Chuck at all. I hated the nickname and it made me feel like a thief. Being called Charles was worse. Parents call you by your full name, you know that your in trouble. I have stuck to being called Charlie and I feel happier with this nickname for Charles.
Charles Leclerc is a formula 1 race car driver from Monaco.
It's a decent name but if a Charles tries to force the "Chuck" nickname, he is not to be trusted. Chuck E. Cheese wannabe.
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It sounds more like a nickname for Charlie or Chuck rather than an actual name. This is a good, masculine name for a boy overall.
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Solid name.
Oh, I love it. One of my favorites. I especially like the nickname Charlie, it sounds very retro and gentle.
To be honest, this name isn't the worst for a child. It makes me think of the little boy Charles Wallace in the book A Wrinkle in Time. Quite cute actually!
James Charles, lol.
Charles “Chuck” Palahniuk is an American author, best known for the novel Fight Club which inspired the film of the same name.
I used to think this name was boring, but a certain helicopter-flying stickman changed my mind...
My actual name is Charles. I thought it was pretty cool because no one I knew had that name. In middle school, my coach called me Charles Barkley (yes I did play basketball) and I didn’t really get called Chuck until high school. This is a good name if you want your kid to stand out.
Charles Calvin is a character from the Henry Stickmin Collection.
I like Carl more but if you can call your kid Charlie for some years it will be nice.
It's okay.
I'm quite fond of this name. It reminds me of Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. It's very classic and I think that it fits all ages. It has a warm and strong sound to it, and I think it's a great name that'll never be out of style. Lots of nickname choices too.
Hollywood Undead member Charlie Scene is sometimes called Charles P. Scene.
Charles Greywolf is a guitar and bass player in the German metal band Powerwolf. He is also the owner of Studio Greywolf. His real name however is David Vogt.
I am Charles Jr, named after my father who was maned after his mother Charlotte. The most common derivation is from German Karl, meaning man. There is a lesser derivative from Hari meaning warrior.
The name Charles has the reputation of appearing rather “stodgy” and “outdated” to some of the commenters on this website. The possibility of this might be due to an abundance of “overuse” in previous generations. Most notably of those born over fifty years ago when the name was quite common. On the other hand, as in many cycles concerning the rise and fall of popularity, the name Charles could experience a comeback in a generation or two. Look, for example, at the feminine version
known as Charlotte. Once considered a grandmother’s name and now is one of the top ten girls names in the USA and other western countries. If such an occurrence could happen for Charlotte, then it could be probable for some sort of revival
for Charles.
Someone to add as far as famous scientists would be C. Everett Koop; the US Surgeon General from 1981-1989. For some odd reason, he always used only his first initial.
Like this name for it's strength and classic sound, but it seems to be fading. The nickname Chuck is rather gross. Love the similar names Charla and Charlton.
In 2018, 59 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Charles who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 13th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
Charles Babbage(1791-1871). He was an English mathematician and created the basis of the first ever computing machine.
I like the name Charles, but not the nicknames Charlie and Chuck.
It says there's an alternative theory that Charles could've derived from the Germanic name element "hari" which means "army, warrior". Where does that come from? Where is the connection to that theory?
Frequent "Match Game" panelist and actor Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007).
Charles Evans Hughes was Governor of New York, United States Secretary of State, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Charles Fourier, a French socialist who coined the term feminism. Fourierism is the political idealogy that was based on the teachings of him.
Sort of pompous sounding. Charlie is better.
Charles is also the name of the famous comic book writer Charles M. Schultz who made "Peanuts".
I love this name. It is an extremely classic name that screams sophistication. The only thing I don't like is the nickname Chuck. :P.
Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley is the only son of David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, and Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon. He is a great-grandson of George VI. He is heir apparent to the Earldom of Snowdon and 19th in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II after his father.
Charles, Prince of Wales is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Known alternatively in South West England as Duke of Cornwall and in Scotland as Duke of Rothesay, he is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the position since 1952. He is also the oldest person to be next in line to the throne since Sophia of Hanover, who died in 1714 at the age of 83.
Charles Michael Romes was an American football cornerback in the NFL, primarily for the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at North Carolina Central University. Romes's 137 total starts with Buffalo are eight-most in team history. He is distinguished as being the first French to play in the National Football League.
Charles Ketley was a Welsh male international footballer. He was part of the Wales national football team, playing 1 match on 25 February 1882 against Ireland.
We chose this name for my little boy who is 8 months old. We refer to him as just Charles and not Charlie and in fact I find that it is quite quirky as there are no other babies called Charles. We don't think we are posh it's just I don't care for babyish sounding names, friends have commented on how much he suits his name.
I imagine Charles as being cute and quirky, lol.
Charles Haddon Surgeon (1834-1892) was a British preacher.
A classic and strong name. I like It.
My father is named Charles. What baffles me is how foolish and dim-witted someone would have to be to call this a feminine name, but that appears to be the case with many names nowadays. Very sad, really.
Personally I think this name is boring, plus it sounds too harsh and rough for a baby boy nowadays. Please, leave this name for the older generation.
One of the few "classic" names that I really like, as it sounds strong and masculine, yet you can still get cute nicknames like Charlie out of it. I wouldn't use it due to it's commonness, but I still like the name.
Don't forget Charles Manson, mass murderer.
Does anyone remember Charles Dickens? Greatest author of the Victorian era?
Charles Martinet (born September 17, 1955) is an American actor and voice actor. He is best known for voicing Mario in the video games since 1995.
Regal, serious, and intelligent. My son is intelligent but the other descriptors do not fit. Instead he is comical, sporty, and kind. He has always been called Charles and from an early age he has corrected those who have tried to nickname him. This name has been fairly popular maintaining a ranking in the single digits for half of the past 134 years and only recently falling as low as 55.
I love this name! It's sounds so sophisticated and handsome! :D.
Sharlee D'Angelo (birth name Charles), (Born April 27, 1973) bassist of Swedish metal band Arch Enemy.
Just awful. It has a very staunch sound. I just can't like this name at all.
The only name I know of that has an abbreviation ("Chas.") as opposed to a nickname, though it's seldom used nowadays. Why? It's certainly short enough as it is.
Charles the Hedgehog, known as Uncle Chuck, is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
Charles "Charlie" Day is the hilarious actor who plays the crazy semi-mentally challenged Charles "Charlie" Kelley on the TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Charles Albright is an American serial killer.
Charles reminds me of Little House on the Prairie; it was Pa's name. I am starting to like this name a lot and I think the nickname Charlie is cute for a little boy.
Prince Henry Charles Albert David Of Wales. Born September 15, 1984.
Another common French form of the name is "Charl"
The form Charl was carried by several of the French hugenots of whom one Charl Marais Settled in South Africa in the 1820's.
Charles Perrault (1628-1703) was a French fairy tale author. He wrote Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, and several other stories.
Charles Xavier is a character in X-Men.
Charles is the name of the prince in the anime Cinderella Monogatari. He was named after another famous bearer, Charles Perrault, who wrote the Cinderella story that we all know and love.
Charles Trippy - Popular YouTuber and bassist for the band "We The Kings".
Charles "Chachi" Arcola is a character from Happy Days. Played by Scott Baio.
I knew a little boy named Charlie. (Charles) he was so cute and everybody was always telling him how much they liked his name :)
Loooove the name Charlie! But it sounds way too informal as a full name, so I guess Charles isn't bad.
Charles (1270-1325) was the son of King Philippe III of France and his first wife Isabella.
Charles (1294-1328) was the son of King Philippe IV of France and his wife Johanna.
Charles (1338-1380) was the oldest son of King Jean II of France and his first wife Bonne. He later became King Charles V of France.
Charles (1369-1422) was the son of King Charles V of France and his wife Jeanne. He later became King Charles VI of France.
Also another son of King Charles VI and his wife Isabeau of Bavaria was named Charles (1392-1401) named after his older deceased brother, but he died young as well. His younger brother Charles (1403-1461) was later crowned King Charles VII of France.
Charles (1386-1386) was the oldest son of King Charles VI and his wife Isabeau of Bavaria.
Charles (1446-1472) was the youngest son of King Charles VII of France and his wife Maria of Anjou.
Charles (1778-1820) was the son of King Charles X of France and his wife Maria Teresa.
Charles was also the name of another son (1666-1667) of King James II of Great Britain and his first wife Anne Hyde. He was named after his older deceased brother.
Charles (1660-1661) was the oldest daughter of King James II of Great Britain and his first wife Anne Hyde.
Charles (1677-1677) was the son of King James II of England and his second wife Mary of Modena.
Charles (1550-1574) was the son of King Henry II of France and his wife Catherine de Medici. He later became King Charles IX of France.
Charles (1470-1498) was the son of King Louis XI of France and his wife Charlotte. He became King Charles VIII of France.
Charles (1492-1495) was the oldest son of King Charles VIII of France and his wife Anne. He died young. His younger brother (1496-1496) was also named Charles.
Charles (1226-1285) was the youngest son of King Louis VIII of France and his wife Blanca of Castile.
Charles was the son of King Philippe I of France and his wife Bertha.
Charles of Orleans (1820-1828) was the son of King Louis Philippe I of France and his wife Maria Amalia of Neaples and Sicily. He died as a child.
Charles of England (1629-1629) was the oldest son of Charles I of England and his wife Henriette Marie of France. He died in infancy. His younger brother who was born 1 year after his death and named after his deceased brother. Charles later became Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Charles II of Valois (1522-1545), youngest son of King Francis I of France and his wife Claude of Brittany. He was the Duke of Orleans, but died age 23.
How can anybody forget Charles Bingley from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?
I don't really like the name Charles. I just don't really like the sound (or most of the associations).
It's very surprising to see a kid my age named Charles these days--there's one my age, and the first day of this year, the teacher muttered "Ooooh. Vintage. That's a throwback name."
I prefer the nickname Chuck to Chaz, Charlie and just Charles.
Charles Auguste Émile Durand, known as Carolus-Duran (4 July 1837 – 17 February 1917), was a French painter and art instructor.
Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) was an American painter mainly in watercolour.
Charles the Bold.
Charles Brooking (1723-1759) was an English marine painter.
Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr. is a (female) character on the TV show, "How I Met Your Mother." She was named after her father, who was disappointed to have a daughter, having always wanted and expected to have a son.
It's an anagram of Rachels.
Charles Biederman (1906-2004) was an American abstract artist and art theorist.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was a French poet and critic.
Charles Audran III (1658-1734) was the best-known member of a family of French painters and decorators.
Charlemagne was the first Christian Roman Emperor. He was grandson to Charles Martel. The general that fought the Battle of Tours in 832 A.D. preventing the Moors from invading Europe.
Charles Emerson Winchester III is the snobby surgeon on M*A*SH played by David Ogden Stiers.
I would name my kid this just for the nickname Charlie. Charles sounds so serious.
I'm not crazy about the full version, but the nickname Charlie is really cute. Can't say I feel the same way about the name Charlie for girls, however.
Charles Ryder is the main character in Evelyn Waugh's novel "Brideshead Revisited."
My husband's name is Charles. He was called Chuckie when he was growing up as his father was a Charles also, called, Chuck. He has since changed his nickname to Chaz, which I greatly prefer. Chuck makes me think of "ground chuck" beef, and woodchucks.
It's a cool name, but it's way too common. I recommend waiting until it's popularity dies down to use it.
My husband's name is CHARLYE.
I cannot find this form of Charles on the internet, I think it's because his name was wrong written in the registry. He's from Chile and in Spanish Charlie, Chars, Charles are forms in English for CARLOS.Anyways, I love his name because I feel that I have the only CHARLYE in the world.
Charles Gounod great French composer of operas like 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Faust' and of the hymn 'Ave Maria.'
Actress Jodie Foster and her partner Cydney Bernard have a son Charles Bernard-Foster.
Charlie Kelly is a character on the TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
A great French poet of the same name is Charles Baudelaire. If you've never heard of him, I'd advise you to read some of his poetry which could easily be found by searching online.
Charles Chaplin (1889-1977), star of such films as City Lights and Modern Times.
Charles Darnay, major character in Charles Dickens' novel Tale of Two Cities. Many people believe that Dickens named the character after himself, as they have the same first name and last initial.
Charles is Chuck Bass's real name in the famous tv show Gossip Girl.
Charles Kinbote is a character in Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire. The book is a poem, and Kinbote is the poet's crazy neighbor who edits it and adds extensive commentary.
Charles is the birth name of American author Cormac McCarthy.
The name is actually quite good, even though it sounds a bit elitist in its official form. It's so common, but I haven't heard of many guys who go by Charles. I've heard of plenty of Charlies and Chucks, and the former nickname sounds too immature and a bit annoying to me, and the latter sounds like some dimwit redneck name. I wish people named Charles just went by Charles, then it would stop reminding me of the royal family in England. Heck, it's got less syllables and everything!
Charles White Whittlesey was an American Lieutenant Colonel. He is noted for leading the Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest during World War I, for which he received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor given out by the United States government.
Charles Foster Kane II was the central character inn the wildly acclaimed film "Citizen Kane" in 1941. He was portrayed by Orson Welles, who also co-wrote, produced, and directed the film.
Charles Manson was the leader of the infamous "Manson Family" back in the late 1960's. Helter Skelter and all that.
Charles is also the middle name of the fictional villain Freddy Krueger.
I LOVE this name! It sounds so strong and formal, but there are some great nicknames for it too. Like: Char and Charlie.
Charles Trask is in Steinbeck's East of Eden. He is a Cain character.
First thought: Father of the famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder, and he was in all of the 'Little House' books, portrayed by Michael Landon in famous television series, and also many other miniseries and movies based on the life of the Ingalls Family.He was a gentle man with infinite love for his family, but Charles Ingalls had for his entire life a strong case of "wanderlust". He is quoted by Laura in her "Little House" series of books as saying: "My wandering foot gets to itching". He loved traveling and didn't like living among big crowds of people, so together with his family in the early years of his marriage, he traveled a great deal and often changed homes.Charles Frederick Ingalls was the husband of Caroline Ingalls (nee Quiner), and father of 5 children (the 4 girls were the surviving): Mary Ingalls, Laura Ingalls, Caroline "Carrie" Ingalls, Freddy (who died as an infant), and Grace Ingalls. He was born in January 1836 and died in June 1902 at the age of 66.
I love this name. Especially for a middle name. I think that the name Charles flows well with many names and that is why I like it for a middle name.
Charlie (Charles) Weasley from the Harry Potter series. Charlie (Charles) Pace from Lost.
I would use this for a girl with the French pronunciation. I think it sounds so much more feminine.
This is my name, except I go by Charlie. I really am not a big fan of this name and I usually hate to be referred to as my real name. Maybe when I get older I'll appreciate it more.
I've never liked this name much, and I don't know why---but I at least respect it because it's a good, solid, traditional sort of name, and not something invented or spelled "uniquely".
In the novel Phantom by Susan Kay, Charles is the name of Erik and Christine's son. He is very handsome and a great musician. Coincidentally, this was also the name of Erik's father.
It's a good name but I think the nicknames Charlie or Char would be better sounding for Charles.
In As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Charles is a wrestler for Duke Frederick, the usurper. He is beaten by Orlando.
Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly across the ocean.
Charles is Russell Crowe's son's name.
Charles Dodgson was the real name of Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland".
I like it because it's classic. I'll probably name my son Charles Whittaker because there have been, like, 4 generations of Charles Whittaker's in our family. Sorta weird, when you think about it.
Charles Bovary is a character in Gustave Flaubert's famous novel 'Madame Bovary'. He is Madame (Emma) Bovary's husband.
The actor, Charlie Chaplin. Although his real name was Charles Spencer Chaplin.
Why not keep the old names going? I would name my baby boy Charles because it's classic, and then it could be abbreviated to Charlie for a more fun, youthful nickname. A lovely choice.
Charles Ingalls is the father of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
For some reason this is the most solid name for boys I've ever come across, I don't know why, it's not my favorite or anything, but if you just say it it's literally substantial. I don't know why.
Famous bearer was Charles M. Jones. He was the most important man in animation. He directed Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, And How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In a list of "Best Cartoons", four of Jones' cartoons where in the Top 5.
Professor Charles Eppes, younger brother of Don Eppes, on the TV show Numb3rs.
Charles is an okay name, the nickname Charlie is great and another good nickname for this name is Chas.
I find the name Charles stuffy and cold but I love the nickname Charlie. It is definitely a name a child could grow up with and it has been a timeless classic that has never faded out of popularity. The nickname for Charles I don't like is Chuck or Chuckie.
My grandfather's name was Charles, but he went by Chuck, which I like better than Charlie. It is also my brother's middle name, Timothy Charles, and I think it works better as a middle name than as a first name.
Famous bearer is Charles Münch, a French conductor.
Jodie Foster's son is named Charles.
Charles is the name of my French born grandfather and I like this name. It sounds classical and handsome. I also like the nickname Charlie for Charles.
If I were male I think that Charles would be the perfect name for me. I would go by Charlie. My name is Carli and I cannot find that name anywhere. Through alternate spellings and similiar names I've found they all point back to Charles.
I would have thought Charlie was a slightly unfortunate name for a child - in British slang, a charlie is someone who is easily taken in."April in Paris / Here comes a charlie" in the immortal words of Spike Milligan!
I love Charles, I hope to use for my first son. It is a name with history and the nickname of Charlie balances out the seriousness of Charles.
I think this name is awful and old fashioned. And seriously would you want your child having a name that is associated with Prince Charles?
Charles Schultz was the creator of the Peanuts comics and Charles Spurgeon was a famous British Baptist preacher, often called the Prince of Preachers, who lived in the 19th century.
In Gone with the Wind, Charles is Scarlett O'Hara's first husband. He's shy and Scarlett thinks he looks like a calf.
This is Chester Bennington's (Linkin Park's vocalist) middle name.

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