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Charles Name Meaning

French, Welsh, and English: from the French form of the Germanic personal name Carl ‘man’ (which was Latinized as Carolus). In France the personal name was popular from an early date, due to the fame of the Emperor Charlemagne (?742–814; Latin name Carolus Magnus, i.e. Charles the Great). The Old French form Charles was briefly introduced to England by the Normans, but was rare during the main period of surname formation. It was introduced more successfully to Scotland in the 16th century by the Stuarts, who had strong ties with France, and was brought by them to England in the 17th century. Its frequency as a Welsh surname is attributable to the late date of Welsh surname formation. Old English Ceorl ‘peasant’ is also found as a byname, but the resulting Middle English form, Charl, with a patronymic in -s, if it existed at all, would have been absorbed by the French form introduced by the Normans. Compare Carl. English variants pronounced with initial k- for the most part reflect the cognate Old Norse personal name Karl, Karli. Swedish: ornamental form of a Frenchified form of the Old Norse personal name Karl.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Charley, Harle, Harley, Hailes, Charlet, Charleson, Carles, Charlier

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Charles Family Origin

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Charles Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Charles. 22% of Charles men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Charles women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Charles were Laborer and Operator

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Hunter
  • Labourer
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Nurse
  • Operator

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Charles Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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There are 83,000 military records available for the last name Charles. For the veterans among your Charles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Charles Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Charles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Charles in 1942 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

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