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Charles Name Meaning
French, Welsh, and English: from the French form of the Germanic personal name Carl ‘man’ (which was Latinized as Carolus). In France the personal name was popular from an early date, due to the fame of the Emperor Charlemagne (?742–814; Latin name Carolus Magnus, i.e. Charles the Great). The Old French form Charles was briefly introduced to England by the Normans, but was rare during the main period of surname formation. It was introduced more successfully to Scotland in the 16th century by the Stuarts, who had strong ties with France, and was brought by them to England in the 17th century. Its frequency as a Welsh surname is attributable to the late date of Welsh surname formation. Old English Ceorl ‘peasant’ is also found as a byname, but the resulting Middle English form, Charl, with a patronymic in -s, if it existed at all, would have been absorbed by the French form introduced by the Normans. Compare Carl. English variants pronounced with initial k- for the most part reflect the cognate Old Norse personal name Karl, Karli.Swedish: ornamental form of a Frenchified form of the Old Norse personal name Karl.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Charles Families

  • Number of Charles families
     311 - 620
     104 - 310
     1 - 103
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Charles families
     643 - 1,283
     215 - 642
     1 - 214
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Charles families
     93 - 183
     32 - 92
     1 - 31
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Charles Family Origin

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Charles Immigration Information

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Charles Family Occupations

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