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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 Occupations

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In 1881, 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. The most common Charles occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Charles's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%

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Between 1942 and 2004, 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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