[ 3 syll. (c)har-mian, ch-armi-an ] The baby girl name Charmian is pronounced as KAARMiy-aeN †. Charmian is mainly used in English, and its language of origin is English and Old Greek. Old Greek origin: It is derived from the element 'kharma' which is of the meaning delight. Older forms of the name include Charmion (Old Greek) and Kharmion (Old Greek). The name was first adopted by English speakers after Shakespeare used it as the name of Cleopatra's maid in the play Antony and Cleopatra (1623). Shakespeare in turn took the name from Plutarch's Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous people; the maid's name Charmion was mentioned together with Cleopatra.
In addition, Charmian is a variant form of the English name Carol.
Charmian is also a variant form of the English and French name Charmaine.
Another form of the name is the Old Greek and English spelling variant Charmion.
Charmian is not widely used as a baby name for girls. It is not in the top 1000 names.
Baby names that sound like Charmian include Carena, Carina, Carinah, Carmina, Carmiya, Carnia, Carniya, Carrie-Ann, Carrieann, Chermona, Coraima, Corena, Cori-Ann, Coriann, Corianne, Corina, Corinna, Cormeah, Corona, and Correna.
† Pronunciation for Charmian: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"