Charlie is usually a nickname for Charles.
Also, when feminine, diminutive of Charlotte.
Derives from the Germanic name Karl, from a word that meant “man”.
Another origin of Charles is the common element “hari”, which meant “army, warrior”, also in Germanic.
The name was popular in Europe, due to the fame of Charles the Great, best known as Charlemagne (742-814). He was a king who ruled over most of Europe.
It was the name of several Roman Emperors and kings, in France, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.
Famous bearers are Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Charles de Gaulle, Charles Prince of Wales, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Watts, Charles Dance, Charles Aznavour, Charles Bukowski, Charlie Daniels, Charles Bronson, Charlie Sheen, Charles Barkley, Charles A. Lindbergh, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Parker, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton .
Charles is a popular name in United States, Canada, England and Wales, Australia and France.
The list of Charlies that have accomplished great things and influenced people’s lives is long.
Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory had a huge impact on biology and society.
Charlie Chaplin’s genius talent has set high standards in the cinema industry.
Charles Dickens‘ legacy is still influencing people. Not only because of the everlasting appreciation for his novels, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, etc., but for his extensive criticism against social inequality.
Charles A. Lindbergh flew solo over the Atlantic ocean in 1927.
A young and famous bearer of the name is English actor and screenwriter Charlie Hunnam, who became widely known after his role in the TV series “Sons of Anarchy”.