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Charlemagne, King of the Franks
Gender Male
Word/Name Proto-Germanic
Meaning "Free Man"

Charles is a given name for males and is borrowed from the French form of the Old Norse name Karl > Old High German Karl > Latin Carolus. The initial spelling ch- corresponds to the palatalization of the Latin group ca- in Central French and the final -s to the former subject case of masculine words in Old French (< Latin -us). It shares the same Common Germanic root *karlaz as the English word churl (< Old English ċeorl),[1] where it originally was used to indicate a free man, but not one belonging to the nobility.

Other forms are Carl and Karl. Variants, including short forms, include:

In other languages


Charles may also refer to:



In arts and entertainment

Fictional people

  • Charles in Charge, an American television sitcom
  • Chuck, an American television series
  • Charles Antoni, a character on the ABC Family TV series Lincoln Heights
  • Chuck Bass, a character in the novel series Gossip Girl
  • Charlie Brown, a character in the Peanuts comic strip
  • Charles Montgomery Burns, a character on The Simpsons, usually called "Mr. Burns" or "Monty Burns"
  • Chuck E Cheese, mouse mascot for pizza chain of same name
  • Charles Darnay, a character from the novel A Tale of Two Cities
  • Chuckie Finster, a character on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats and All Grown Up!
  • Charles Foster Kane, a character in the Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane
  • Charles Gunn, a major character on the television show Angel
  • Charlie Horse, one of Shari Lewis' puppets
  • Charles Logan (24 character), a fictional character in the TV series 24
  • Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen's ventriloquist's dummy
  • Chucky Pancamo, a character from Oz played by Chuck Zito
  • Charles Tucker III, a fictional character on the television series Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Charley Weaver, a character of comedian Cliff Arquette
  • Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, a character on the show M*A*S*H
  • Charles Xavier (Professor 'X'), a character in the X-Men universe
  • Charles, character on the cartoon Duckman
  • Charles, wrestler in Shakespeare's As You Like It
  • Charles "Chachi" Arcola, character on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi
  • Charles Morse, Anthony Hopkins's character in The Edge (1997)
  • Ensign Charles Parker (played by Tim Conway), a character on the television series McHale's Navy
  • Charles Palantine, a character in the film Taxi Driver
  • Charles Stewart, a character in the movie Mona Lisa Smile

In film

In literature

In music

In television

In visual arts

  • Charles Addams, American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters
  • Charles Dellschau, Prussian-American artist of airships
  • Chuck Jones, American animator
  • Charles R. Knight, wildlife artist, known for prehistoric restorations
  • Charles Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts

In aviation and aerospace

  • Charles Bolton, American shuttle astronaut, current head of NASA
  • Charles Furnas, world's first airplane passenger
  • Charles Lindbergh, first person to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Chuck Yeager, American test pilot and first man to break the sound barrier


In crime and law enforcement

In politics

In religion

  • Saint Charles Borromeo, saint and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Charles Grandison Finney, American evangelist, major leader of the Second Great Awakening in America
  • Charles W. Penrose (1832–1925), leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Reformed Baptist preacher
  • Charles Wesley, co-founder of the Methodist Church


In Austrian royalty:

In Bohemian royalty:

In British royalty:

In French royalty:

In German royalty:

In Hungarian royalty:

In Italian royalty:

In Monaco royalty:

  • Charles I of Monaco, first true Lord of Monaco
  • Charles II Lord of Monaco
  • Charles III, Prince of Monaco, founder of the famous casino in Monte Carlo

In Portuguese royalty:

  • Charles I of Portugal, second to last King of Portugal and Algarves from 1889 to 1908
  • Infante Carlos (1716–1730), 2nd son of King John V

In Romanian royalty:

  • Charles I of Romania, first ruler of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty
  • Charles II of Romania, eldest son of Ferdinand I

In Spanish royalty:

  • Charles II of Navarre, one of the nobles involved in the repression of the Jacquerie
  • Charles III of Navarre, Navarrese monarch
  • Charles I of Spain, King of Aragon, King of Castile, King of Naples and Sicily, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, and was also Holy Roman Emperor as Charles V)
  • Charles II of Spain, only surviving son of his Habsburg predecessor, King Philip IV of Spain and his second Queen
  • Charles III of Spain, first son of the second marriage of Philip V with Elizabeth Farnese of Parma
  • Charles IV of Spain, King of Spain from December 14, 1788 until his abdication on March 19, 1808
  • Juan Carlos I of Spain, reigning King of Spain

In Swedish royalty:

In other royalty:

  • Prince Charles of Belgium, second son of King Albert I of Belgium and Queen Elizabeth

In other nobility:


Other people

Other uses

See also

  • Carl (name)
  • Charley (disambiguation)
  • Charlie (disambiguation)
  • Charly (disambiguation)
  • Chuck (disambiguation)
  • Charleston (disambiguation)
  • Charlestown (disambiguation)
  • Charles Adams (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Anderson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Andrews (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Bennett (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Best (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Black (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Brown (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Clark (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Conrad (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Davis (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Floyd (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Gibson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Gough (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Harper (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Jones (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Keating (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Knapp (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Larson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Logan (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Lyell (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Miller (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Nelson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Ogle (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Parker (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Roberts (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Robertson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Robinson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Schwab (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Scott (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Smith (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Stewart (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Taylor (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Thomson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Watson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles White (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charles Wilson (disambiguation), for others by that name
  • Charley horse
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
  • Saint Charles (disambiguation)


  1. ^ T. F. Hoad, English Etymology, Oxford University Press, 1993 (ISBN 0-19-283098-8). p. 76.

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