Name: Charles

Origin and Meaning of the Name Charles

  • Meaning:
    Free man
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    Free man
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  • Pronunciation:
    (charlz); (sharl)
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    English and French speaking countries
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    From the Germanic word karl meaning "free man", akin to Old English ceorl "man".
    Charles is the French form of the name. There have been ten French kings named Charles, including Charlemagne (Charles the Great). Under Charlemagne's rule the Frankish empire expanded to Italy and modern Germany. There were two kings of England named Charles - Charles I's execution marked the end of the English Civil War. Prince Charles is the heir apparent to the British throne.

    Charles XVI Gustaf is the current king of Sweden.

    Notable bearers include author Charles Dickens, actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin, hymn writer and co-founder of the Methodist Church Charles Wesley, naturalist Charles Darwin who formed the theory of natural selection and Charles Lindbergh - the first man to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic.

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