[ 2 syll. (c)har-lot-te, ch-arlo-tte ] The baby girl name Charlotte is pronounced -SHAAR-LahT in English, -SHaaR-LAOT-Tah in Dutch, -SHaeR-LOWT in French, or -SHaaR-LAO-Tah in German †. Charlotte's origin is Germanic, and its use, French, German, Dutch, English, and Scandinavian. It is derived from the word karl with the meaning 'man, free man'. The name was first adopted by English speakers in the 17th century. It became popular over the next two centuries, largely due to Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818) the wife of King George III, Goethe's poem Sorrows of Werther (1774) about an attractive lady named Charlotte, and the British novelist Charlotte Bronte (1816-55). In Scotland, the name has been used as an Anglicized form of Teàrlag.
Charlotte is a form of the English, French, and Scandinavian Caroline in the French and German languages.
Charlotte is the feminine form of the English and French Charles.
The name Charlotte is widely used; it has 120 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Arlette (also used in French and German), Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carletta, Carli, Carlie, Carline, Carlotta (also used in Italian and Spanish), Carlotte, Carly, Carlyne, Charil, Charill, Chariot, Charl, Charlaine, Charlane, Charlene, Charlesetta, Charleta, Charletta, Charley, Charli, Charline, Charlisa, Charlita, Charlize, Charlot, and Charlota. Other English forms include the shortening Char, the diminutives Chara, Charla, Charle, Charlie, Charlsie, Charly, Chattie, Lotta (also used in Scandinavian), Lottie (also used in Dutch, German, and Polish), Lotty, Tottie, and Totty, and the spelling variants Charlet, Charlett, Charlette, Charlott (also used in French, and German), Sharlet, Sharlett, Sharlott, and Sharlotte.
Forms used in foreign languages include Carlota (Portuguese and Spanish), Chrlotta (Scandinavian), Karlicka (Czech), Karlotta (German and Greek), Lolotte (French), Lottchen (German), Lotti (Dutch, German, and Hungarian), Salote (Tongan), Sari (Hungarian), Sarlote (Latvian), Sarolta (Hungarian), and Sérlait (Irish). The shortening Lotte (Dutch and German) is another foreign form.
See also the related form, the Scottish Teàrlag.
Charlotte is a very popular baby girl name, and it is also perceived as trendy. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 1980s. At the recent height of its usage in 2016, 0.678% of baby girls were named Charlotte. It had a ranking of #7 then. Within all girl names in its family, Charlotte was the most popular in 2016. Charlotte was thrice as popular as the 2nd most popular name, Caroline, in that year.
Baby names that sound like Charlotte include Sharlot, Charlott, Scarlet, Scarlett, Scarlette, Serild, Serilde, Sharlet, Sharlett, Sharlette, Sharlott, Sharlotte, Skarlette, Sarilda, Sarildah, Sarlote, Sarolta, Scarletta, Serilda, and Serildah.
† Pronunciation for Charlotte: 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)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)"
Details of famous persons named Charlotte:
Actress Susan Oliver, born Charlotte Gurcke 13 February 1937 - 10 May 1990, New York, New York.
Actress Charlotte Rampling, born February 5, 1946, Essex, England.
Author Charlotte Brontë, born 21 April 1816 - 31 March 1855, Thornton, Yorkshire, England.
Author Charlotte Mary Yonge, born 11 August 1823 - 24 May 1901, Otterbourne, Hampshire, England.
Royalty Charlotte Casiraghi, born 3 August 1986.
Singer Charlotte Church, born 21 February 1986, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales.