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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Charles name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Charles. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    36%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    14%

  • Benin/Togo

    8%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    8%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

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Charles Family Origin

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Charles Family Occupations

What did your Charles ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Charles occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Charles's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Charles family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Charles.

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  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%

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Charles Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 336,000 census records available for the last name Charles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Charles census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 257,000 immigration records available for the last name Charles. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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

What is the average Charles lifespan?

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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