|Number of People||👶 2,400,000|
|Rate in 2021||70|
|Name origin||🌍 English , German|
"Charles" name is the French and English version of the German name "Karl" or "Carl", derived from the Germanic word "Karl", meaning "free man". Long ago, the Germanic term "Karl" meant a "free" man, but not one of nobility; that is, from the same early medieval root as the Olde English word "ceorl," which meant "man of low birth, a common man." In Late Middle High German and Middle English, however, both terms evolved to their definitions meaning more simply "man, mate, husband".
Despite early place "low" being the name, many high-ranking Europeans and those in between bore images of Karl/Carl derivative names (such as "Charlemagne", "Charles", "Caroline", and "Charlotte"). In fact, the 8th/9th century Frankish leader, Charlemagne (Charles the Great), had much to do with the perpetuation of the name among the early Franks (a Germanic tribe and precursors to the French). In the 15th century, upper-class people in England began to adopt the name, and Queen Mary of Scots (having been influenced by her French upbringing) named her first child Charles James. He would eventually become King James VI of Scotland and then King James I of England, uniting Scotland, England, and Ireland under one monarchy. Both his son and his grandson (King Charles I and II) reigned as king after him. One of the most successful names in English and French, Charles continues to reign supreme on the naming charts in England, the United States, Canada, Australia and France. Carl, Chuck, Charlie, Chas, and Chip are all considered short forms of Charles.
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