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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Charles
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Charles in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Charles:
Records indicate that 2,347,642 boys in the United States have been named Charles since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 40,672 people in the U.S. were given the name Charles. Those people are now 73 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Charles
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15 Positive Comments
"My great grandfather and my father were both named Charles. I named my son Charles, and I love it. Its so classic, yet not heard on children everywhere you go. I have always called him Charles - I don't see why people don't think it suits a baby. I have called him Charles since the moment he was born. Its a beautiful name." Mar. 15, 2018:
"This is my name. The name is so wonderful and nice to my hearing. But people most at times spell it worngly and pronouce it wrongly. But still sounds better because its uniqueness is all over the alphabets. Have met just few charles. Cause the name is a unique one. The name is cool. Really cool" Apr. 5, 2017:
"My father's name is Charles, and I beleve this name will stand the test of time in reference to masculinity and prestige. I love it." Nov. 10, 2012:
"Masculine, classy, regal name. We named our son Charles and we are so happy. We do not allow people to call him Charlie though." Jul. 30, 2012:
"i want to name my son charles after his daddy but charles (his dad) doesnt like it. but i absolutely love it" Apr. 19, 2009:
"Some of my favorite people were/are named Charles. My Dad's name was Charlie, and my oldest nephew, named after him, is also Charlie. Other Charles/Charlies -- Buddy Holly (nee Charles Hardin Holley), Charles Gibson on ABC News, etc. I love the name Charlie!" Jan. 24, 2009:
"My brothers name is Charles James.
Everyone who knows him well says it it a slow Brittish acsent,or call him Prince Charles. He hate how formal it sounds but i think its just right for his personality." Jul. 21, 2008:
"My son is name Charles, he goes by Charlie. My husband is Chuck, grandma is Charles, and the baby is Charlie. As you can tell it is a family name. He will most likely go by Trip as he gets older, for being the third Charles in the family." Apr. 20, 2008:
"my son's middle. was his grandfather's. think it's very solid and classic." Jul. 28, 2007:
"This is my son's name. He was named for his Great Grandfather. We call him Charly and some of his friends call him Chuck (which I hate). His sisters call him Chas. It's hard to call a baby Charles or Charly, but not many have this name and it's a "standard". Not cutesy or trendy." Jun. 8, 2007:
"My husbands name is Charles. He doesnt like it very much, claims its "just ok" He hates being called Charlie. Most of his friends call him Chuck. At first I thought the name sounded too formal, but now that we've been together a long time its grown on me. When we had our first born son he said he did not want to pass the name down, so we named him Aidan." Feb. 26, 2007:
"My friend's name is Charles and he doesn't like it, but I think that it's not such a bad name. He goes by Chase, though." Jan. 18, 2007:
"My husbands name is Charles. People dont mispronounce it or mispell it. His nickname is Chuck, but no one is allowed to call him Charlie. He says its a bad connotation from a lot of movies." Nov. 9, 2006:
"Not Chuck, not Charlie, not Chas - Charles is just right!" Aug. 23, 2006:
"I am the fifth generation Charles in my family; and I too will pass it on to my son. Naming the first borne son of every generation after their father has been a Scottish-American tradition in my line. I am proud of my name and of my heritage. No one that I know of has misspelt the name, but because of its formality, i.e. ties to nobility, and prestigous use in history, I was teased at school a bit with it." Feb. 5, 2006:
4 Neutral Comments
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"I go by Charles. Wife and some close friends call me Chuck. Which form is used depends on usage from Charlie Brown. Charlie is OK for close friends. Feels derogatory otherwise. Chas is pretentious. Are you a Linus or a Peppermint Patty.
Any of you guys call me Chuckie-I'll kill you. A little Stripes quote for the name sensitive folks." Dec. 23, 2009:
"My Grandpa is Charles, My dad is Charles and my sons middle name is Charles. I absolutely would have named him Charles ( I have no brothers) but my husband wouldnt let me :(" Oct. 8, 2008:
"i kinda dont like it but i love the name charlie so i guesss its ok" Feb. 26, 2007:
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