[ 3 syll. (c)har-le-ne, ch-arl-ene ] The baby girl name Charlene is pronounced as -SHaaRLIYIYN †. Charlene has its origins in the Germanic language. It is used largely in English and French. It is derived from the word karl with the meaning 'man, free man'. The name is a recent coinage from the mid-20th century, from the name Charles and the '-ene' feminine suffix under the influence of the older form Charline. It was promoted by the character Charlene acted by Kylie Minogue in the popular Australian TV soap opera Neighbours (1985-).
Charlene is a form of the English, French, and Scandinavian Caroline in the English language.
Charlene is also a form of the French, German, Dutch, English, and Scandinavian Charlotte in the English language.
Charlene is also a form of the English Sharlene.
Charlene is the feminine form of the English and French Charles.
The name Charlene is used to a great extent; it has 34 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Carleen, Carlene, Charlaina, Charlaine, Charlane, Charlanna, Charlayna, Charlayne, Charlea, Charlean, Charleene, Charleesa, Charlein, Charleine, Charlena, Charlenae, Charlesena, Charlina, Charlyn, Charlyne, Charlynn, Charlynne, Charlzina, Charoline, Shalene, and Sharleen. Other English forms include the shortening Char, the familiar forms Charla (used in French too) and Charlie, and the spelling variants Charleen, Charlien, Charline (used in French too), and Sharlene. The French Charlène is a form of Charlene that is used in foreign languages.
See also the related form, the English Arlene.
Charlene is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1949 with 0.201% of baby girls being named Charlene. It was #100 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a substantial decline in frequency since then, and is of only sporadic use today. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Charlene, Charlotte was the most widely used.
Baby names that sound like Charlene include Charleen, Charline, Sharleen, Sharlene, Sharline, Charlena, Cherilynn, Cheryl-Ann, Cheryl-Lynn, Cherylin, Sheralin, Sherilin, Sheriline, Sherleen, Sherlene, Sherline, Sherrylene, Sherrylyn, Charlane, and Charlayne.
† Pronunciation for Charlene: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"