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Charles
Charles
is a masculine given name from the French form Charles
Charles
of a Germanic name Karl. The original Anglo-Saxon was Ċearl or Ċeorl, as the name of King Cearl of Mercia, that disappeared after the Norman conquest of England. The corresponding Old Norse form is Karl, and the German form is also Karl. The name was notably borne by Charlemagne
Charlemagne
( Charles
Charles
the Great), and was at the time Latinized as Karolus (as in Vita Karoli Magni), later also as Carolus.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Early Middle Ages 2.2 Later Middle Ages and Early Modern history 2.3 Modern history

3 Derived feminine names 4 Regional forms of the name 5 List of notable people

5.1 Media, arts and entertainment 5.2 Athletes 5.3 In politics 5.4 In religion

5.4.1 church leaders

5.5 Nobility 5.6 Scientists 5.7 Other

6 Other uses of the name 7 See also 8 References

Etymology The name's etymology is a Common Germanic
Common Germanic
noun *karlaz meaning "free man", which survives in English as churl (< Old English ċeorl),[1] which developed its deprecating sense in the Middle English
Middle English
period. In the form Charles, the initial spelling ch- corresponds to the palatalization of the Latin group ca- to [tʃa] in Central Old French (Francien) and the final -s to the former subjective case (cas sujet) of masculine names in Old French
Old French
like in Giles or James (< Latin -us, see Spanish/ Portuguese Carlos). According to Julius Pokorny, the historical linguist and Indo-Europeanist, the root meaning of Karl is "old man", from Indo-European *ĝer-, where the ĝ is a palatal consonant, meaning "to rub; to be old; grain." An old man has been worn away and is now grey with age.[2] History Early Middle Ages The name is atypical for Germanic names as it is not composed of two elements, but simply a noun meaning "(free) man". This meaning of ceorl contrasts with eorl (Old Norse jarl) "nobleman" on one hand and with þeow (Old Norse þræll) "bondsman, slave" on the other. As such it would not seem a likely candidate for the name of a Germanic king, but it is attested as such with Cearl of Mercia
Cearl of Mercia
(fl. 620), the first Mercian king mentioned by Bede
Bede
in his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. It is a peculiarity of the Anglo-Saxon royal names that many of the rulers of the earliest period (6th to 7th centuries) have monothematic (simplex) names, while the standard dithematic (compounded) names become almost universal from the 8th century. Compare the name of king Mul of Kent
Mul of Kent
(7th century) which simply translates to "mule". Charles Martel
Charles Martel
(686–741) was an illegitimate son of Pepin of Herstal, and therefore indeed a "free man", but not of noble rank. After his victory at the Battle of Soissons (718), Charles
Charles
Martel styled himself Duke of the Franks. Charles' eldest son was named Carloman (c. 710–754), a rare example of the element carl- occurring in a compound name. The Chronicle of Fredegar
Chronicle of Fredegar
names an earlier Carloman as the father of Pepin of Landen, and thus the great-great-grandfather of the Charles
Charles
Martel. This would place the name Carloman in the 6th century, and open the possibility that the Frankish name Carl may originate as a short form of Carloman. The only other compound name with the Carl- prefix is Carlofred (Carlefred), attested in the 7th century; as a suffix, it occurs in the rare names Altcarl and Gundecarl (9th and 11th centuries, respectively).[3] Charlemagne
Charlemagne
(742–814) was Charles
Charles
Martel's grandson. After Charlemagne's reign, the name became irrevocably connected with him and his Carolingian dynasty. After Charlemagne, the name Charles (Karol) became even the standard word for "king" in Slavic (Czech and Slovak král, Polish król; South Slavic kral крал, krȃlj краљ; Russian король), Baltic (Latvian karalis, Lithuanian karalius) and Hungarian (király). Charlemagne's son Charles the Younger died without issue, but the name resurfaces repeatedly within the 9th-century Carolingian family tree, so with Charles the Bald
Charles the Bald
(823–877), Charles the Fat
Charles the Fat
(839–888) Charles of Provence
Charles of Provence
(845–863), Charles the Child
Charles the Child
(847/848–866) and Charles the Simple
Charles the Simple
(879–929). Later Middle Ages and Early Modern history The name survives into the High Middle Ages (Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine; Charles, Count of Valois; Charles
Charles
I, Count of Flanders ( Charles
Charles
the Good, beatified in 1882); Charles
Charles
I of Naples; Charles
Charles
I of Hungary). Karl Sverkersson was a king of Sweden in the 12th century, counted as " Charles
Charles
VII" due to a genealogical fiction of the 17th century by Charles
Charles
"IX", but actually the first king of Sweden with this name. Charles
Charles
resurfaces as a royal name in Germany with Charles
Charles
IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1316–1378, counted as "the fourth" after Charlemagne, Charles the Bald
Charles the Bald
and Charles
Charles
the Fat) and in France with Charles
Charles
IV of France (1294–1328, "the fourth" after Charlemagne, Charles
Charles
the Bald and Charles
Charles
the Simple), and becomes comparatively widespread in the Late Middle Ages
Late Middle Ages
( Charles
Charles
I, Duke of Savoy, Charles
Charles
III, Duke of Savoy). Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
(1500–1558) gives rise to a tradition of Charlses in Habsburg Spain
Spain
( Charles
Charles
VI, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles II of Spain, Charles
Charles
III of Spain, Charles
Charles
IV of Spain. The numbering scheme for the kings of Sweden was continued in modern times with Charles
Charles
X, Charles
Charles
XI, Charles
Charles
XII, Charles
Charles
XIII, Charles XIV and Charles
Charles
XV. Charles I of England
Charles I of England
(1600–1649) is followed by Charles
Charles
II of England (1630–1685). The Province of Carolina
Province of Carolina
is named during the rule of Charles
Charles
II, after Charles
Charles
I. Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine
Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine
(1661–1742); Modern history Carlism
Carlism
is a political movement in Spain
Spain
seeking the establishment of a separate line of the Bourbon family on the Spanish throne. This line descended from Infante Carlos, Count of Molina
Infante Carlos, Count of Molina
(1788–1855), and was founded due to dispute over the succession laws and widespread dissatisfaction with the Alfonsine line of the House of Bourbon. The movement was at its strongest in the 1830s, causing the Carlist Wars, and had a revival following Spain's defeat in the Spanish–American War in 1898, and lasted until the end of the Franco regime in 1975 as a social and political force Charles
Charles
Floyd (1782–1804) was the only casualty in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Charles DeRudio
Charles DeRudio
(1832–1910) was an Italian aristocrat, would-be assassin of Napoleon III, and later a career U.S. Army officer who fought in the 7th U.S. Cavalry
7th U.S. Cavalry
at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Charles Albert Varnum
Charles Albert Varnum
(1849–1936) was the commander of the scouts in the Little Bighorn Campaign and received the Medal of Honor for his actions in a conflict following the Battle of Wounded Knee. "Lonesome" Charley Reynolds (1842–1876) was a scout in the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment who was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Carl has been a very popular male given name in the United States during the late 19th to early 20th centuries, consistently ranking in the top 30 male given names in the US from 1887 to 1938, and remaining among the top 100 until the 1980s, but since declining below rank 500. Charles
Charles
has been among the top 400 male given names in the United States in the 1880s and again in the 1930s, but since then it has declined steadily, dropping out of the top 1,000 by the 1970s. By contrast, it remains among the top 100 names given in England and Wales. The heir-apparent of the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, would become Charles
Charles
III upon accession if he decided to keep his given name. Derived feminine names Caroline and Charlotte are feminine given names derived from Carl.[4][5][6] Charlotte is late medieval, e.g. Charlotte of Savoy
Charlotte of Savoy
(1441–1483), Charlotte of Cyprus
Charlotte of Cyprus
(1444–1487). It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century, and gave rise to hypocorisms such as Lottie, Tottie, Totty. Caroline is early modern, e.g. Caroline of Ansbach
Caroline of Ansbach
(1683–1737). It has given rise to numerous variations, such as Carlyn, Carolina, Carolyn, Karolyn, Carolin, Karolina, Karoline, Karolina, Carolien, as well as hypocorisms, such as Callie, Carol, Carrie, etc. Another derived feminine name is Carla
Carla
(Bulgarian, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan), a name which dates from early Italy.[7] Regional forms:

Carolina (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Bulgarian) Caroline (English, French, Swedish, Danish) Carolyn (English) Carlijn (Dutch) Karoliina (Finnish) Karolina (Bulgarian, Polish, Swedish) Karolína (Czech) Karoline (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) Karolina (Каролина) (Russian) Keraleyn (קעראַליין) (Yiddish) Carly (American) Carol (English)

Carola
Carola
(German, Swedish)

Carole (English, French, Portuguese) Karol (קאַראָל) (Yiddish) Kyārōla (क्यारोल) (Nepali) Kerol (Керол) (Serbian), (Russian)

Charlotte (English, French, German, Swedish, Danish)

Carlota (Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan) Carlotta (Italian) Charlotta (Swedish)

Carla

Charla (English) Karla (Bulgarian, German, Scandinavian, Serbian, Czech, Croatian) Карла (Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian)

Charlene (given name), Charlène

Regional forms of the name

Language Formal name Informal name

Armenian Կարլոս (Karlos)

Basque Karlos

Bulgarian Карл (Karl)

Belarusian Чарльз (Čarĺz)

Catalan Carles

Chinese 查尔斯 (simplified), 查爾斯 (traditional) (Chá'ěrsī)

Croatian Karlo

Czech Karel

Danish Karl, Carl

Dutch Karel

English Charles Charlie, Chuck, Chaz, Chad, Chip

Estonian Kaarel, Kaarli, Kaaro, Kalle

Faroese Karl

Finnish Kaarlo, Kaarle, Kalle, Karl

French Charles Charlot

German Karl, Carl

Georgian კარლო (Karlo)

Greek Κάρολος (Károlos)

Hungarian Károly Karcsi

Hawaiian Kale

Icelandic Karl

Irish Carlus, Séarlas

Italian Carlo

Japanese チャールズ (Chāruzu)

Korean 찰스 (chalseu)

Latin Carolus

Latvian Kārlis

Limburgish Sjarel

Lithuanian Karolis

Norwegian Karl, Carl

Polish Karol

Portuguese Carlos Carlinhos

Romanian Carol

Russian Карл (Karl)

Scottish Gaelic Teàrlach

Serbian Карло (Karlo)

Slovak Karol

Slovene Karel

Spanish Carlos Carlito, Carlitos

Swedish Karl, Carl, Kalle

Tagalog Carlos

Welsh Siarl

List of notable people Media, arts and entertainment

In literature

Name Description

Charles
Charles
Bukowski American poet and novelist

Charles
Charles
Dickens English novelist

Charles
Charles
Dodgson (pen-name Lewis Carroll) English clergyman, writer and mathematician

Charles
Charles
Henri Ford American poet, photographer and writer

Charles
Charles
Fort American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena

Charles
Charles
L. Grant American science-fiction author

Charles
Charles
Roger Hargreaves Children's author who wrote the Mr. Men and Little Miss series.

Charles
Charles
Lewinsky Swiss screenwriter, dramatist and playwright

Charles
Charles
Lummis American journalist, poet and historian

Charles
Charles
Olson American poet

Charles
Charles
G.D. Roberts Canadian poet

Charles
Charles
Webb (author) American author of The Graduate

In music

Name Description

Charles
Charles
Aznavour French-Armenian singer

Chuck
Chuck
Berry American guitarist, singer and composer

Charlie Daniels American country music figure

Charles
Charles
Gavin Brazilian rock drummer/producer

Charlie Haden American Jazz bassist and composer

Charles
Charles
Ives American composer

Chuck
Chuck
Mangione American jazz artist

Charles
Charles
Mingus American Jazz bassist and composer

Charles
Charles
E. Moody American gospel songwriter and performer

Charlie Parker American Jazz saxophonist

Charlie Simpson British musician and singer

Charles Davis Tillman
Charles Davis Tillman
(1861–1943) pioneer of southern gospel music

Charlie Watts English drummer for the rock group The Rolling Stones

In film

Name Description

Charles
Charles
Bowers American cartoonist and early film-maker

Charles
Charles
Boyer French-American actor

Charles
Charles
Bronson American actor

Sebastian Cabot (born Charles
Charles
Sebastian Thomas Cabot) English actor

Charlie Chaplin English comedy actor, famous for silent film acting

Charley Chase American silent film comedian and writer

Charles
Charles
Dance English actor

Charles
Charles
Durning American actor

Charles
Charles
Gray (actor) English actor

Charles
Charles
Grodin American actor and cable talk show host

Charles
Charles
Herbert American child actor of the '50s and '60s

Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(born John Charles
Charles
Carter) American actor

Lionel Jeffries
Lionel Jeffries
(born Lionel Charles
Charles
Jeffries) English actor

Charles
Charles
Laughton English actor

Chas Licciardello Australian comedian and a member of The Chaser

Charles
Charles
Stanton Ogle silent film actor

Charles
Charles
Nelson Reilly American comic actor and game show regular

Charles
Charles
Reisner American actor and film director

In television

Name Description

Charles
Charles
Gibson American television journalist

Charles
Charles
Kuralt American television journalist

Charlie Rose American host of a television interview show

In visual arts

Name Description

Charles
Charles
Addams American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters

Chuck
Chuck
Jones American animator

Charles
Charles
Martinet American actor known for playing the voice as Mario
Mario
and other characters

Charles
Charles
R. Knight wildlife artist, known for prehistoric restorations

Charles
Charles
Prendergast Canadian-American artist

Charles
Charles
Schulz creator of the comic strip Peanuts

Athletes

Name Description

Charlie Austin English footballer

Charles
Charles
Barkley former NBA forward and a current NBA color commentator for TNT

Chuck
Chuck
Bednarik NFL player, 1967, Philadelphia Eagles

Charles
Charles
Cornelius NFL and CFL player

Charles Daniels (swimmer)
Charles Daniels (swimmer)
(1885–1973) American freestyle swimmer

Charley Diamond American football player

Charlie Fleming Scottish footballer

Charles
Charles
"Buckets" Goldenberg American All-Pro football player

Charles
Charles
Green (other) multiple people

Chuck
Chuck
Hayes American basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets

Charles
Charles
Horton American football player

Charles
Charles
Jenkins (other) multiple people

Charles
Charles
Lefrançois Canadian high jumper

Charlie McCarthy (hurler) Irish hurler

Charles
Charles
Myer American major league baseball All Star second baseman

Charles
Charles
Oakley American basketball forward

Charles
Charles
Radbourn early Major League Baseball pitcher

Charles
Charles
Ramsdell (basketball) Malagasy athlete

Charlie Reiter American professional soccer player

Charles
Charles
Fernando Basílio da Silva Brazilian midfielder

Charles
Charles
Sifford first African American golfer to play in a PGA tour

Charles
Charles
Washington American football player

In politics

Name Description

Charles
Charles
"Bubba" Chaney Louisiana
Louisiana
politician

Charles
Charles
Francis Adams, Sr. American congressman and ambassador, grandson of John Adams

Charles
Charles
Edward Bennett Democratic U.S. Congressman from Florida

Charles
Charles
Bent first Governor of New Mexico Territory, assassinated in 1847

Charles
Charles
Joseph Bonaparte former U. S. Attorney General

Charles
Charles
Bradlaugh British political activist and militant atheist, founder of the National Secular Society

Charles
Charles
Carroll of Carrollton last living signer of the Declaration of Independence (died 1832)

Charles
Charles
Colson U.S. President Nixon's Chief Counsel, involved in the Watergate scandal

Charles
Charles
Magill Conrad former American Secretary of War

Charles
Charles
Curtis 31st American Vice President, under Herbert Hoover

Charles
Charles
G. Dawes 30th American Vice President, under Calvin Coolidge

Charles
Charles
Devens former U.S. Attorney General

Charles
Charles
de Gaulle French military leader and statesman

James Charles
Charles
Evers civil rights activist, older brother of Medgar Evers

Charles
Charles
W. Fairbanks 26th American Vice President, under Theodore Roosevelt

Charles
Charles
A. Ford American diplomat

Charles
Charles
B. Peatross politician and judge of the state circuit court in Shreveport, Louisiana

Charles Gibbs (Alberta politician) Canadian politician

Charles
Charles
Harper (Mayor) Australian politician

Charles
Charles
Evans Hughes former U.S. Secretary of State

Charles
Charles
Humphreys Pennsylvania delegate to Continental Congress; refused to sign Declaration of Independence due to his Quaker beliefs

Chuck
Chuck
Larson current (2008) U.S. ambassador to Latvia

Charles
Charles
Lee (Attorney General) former U. S. Attorney General

Charles Mathias
Charles Mathias
(1922–2010) American politician

Karolos Papoulias President of the Hellenic Republic (Greece)

Charles
Charles
Stewart Parnell Irish political leader

Charles
Charles
Pearson former Solicitor for The City of London and early railway advocate

Chuck
Chuck
Robb former Governor of Virginia & U.S. Senator

Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
(congressman) American congressman (Democrat from N.C.)

Charles
Charles
Scott (governor of Kentucky) also George Washington's Chief of Intelligence during the American Revolution

Charles
Charles
Harding Smith Irish politician

Charles
Charles
G. Taylor former president of Liberia

Charles
Charles
Thomson secretary of the Continental Congress

Charles
Charles
Wilson (Texas politician) Texas congressman, subject of 2007 movie Charlie Wilson's War

In religion

Saints

There are a number of historical figures known as "Saint Charles", although few are recognized across confessions. In the context of English and British history, "Saint Charles" is typically Charles
Charles
I of England, recognized as a saint in the Anglican confession only. In Roman Catholicism, the best known Saint Charles
Charles
is Charles
Charles
Borromeo (1538–1584), an Italian cardinal, canonized by Pope Paul V
Pope Paul V
in 1606. Charles, Duke of Brittany
Charles, Duke of Brittany
(1319–1364) had been canonized after his death, but Pope Gregory XI
Pope Gregory XI
annulled this. Charles
Charles
the Good (d. 1127) is sometimes referred to as a saint, but while he was beatified in 1904, he has not been canonized. Other Saints of the Roman Catholic Church, canonized after 1900:

1904: Saint Charles
Charles
Garnier (1606–1649), French Jesuit missionary and martyr 1959: Saint Charles of Sezze
Charles of Sezze
(1616–1670) was a Franciscan lay brother. 1964: Saint Carl Lwanga
Carl Lwanga
(1860 or 1865–1886), Ugandan Catholic martyr 1995: Saint Charles-Joseph-Eugene de Mazenod
Charles-Joseph-Eugene de Mazenod
(1782–1861), French Catholic clergyman 2007: Saint Charles of Mount Argus
Charles of Mount Argus
(1821–1818), Passionist Dutch priest who worked in Ireland

Beatified:

1867: Blessed Charles Spinola
Charles Spinola
(1564–1622), Genoese nobleman 2004: Blessed Charles I of Austria
Charles I of Austria
(1887-1922), last emperor of Austria, king of Hungary, Bohemia etc.

church leaders

Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley
(1707–1788), co-founder of the Methodist Church Charles Grandison Finney
Charles Grandison Finney
(1792–1875), a leader of the Second Great Awakening in America Charles W. Penrose
Charles W. Penrose
(1832–1925), leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
(1834–1892), Reformed Baptist preacher Charles Harrison Mason
Charles Harrison Mason
(1866-1961), Pentecostal
Pentecostal
preacher and founder of the Church of God in Christ

Nobility

See #History above for medieval and early modern royalty and nobility. This section lists noblemen born after 1700.

Further information: Charles
Charles
I (other), Charles
Charles
II (other), Charles
Charles
III (other), Charles
Charles
IV (other), Charles
Charles
V (other), Charles
Charles
VI (other), Charles
Charles
VII (other), Charles
Charles
VIII (other), Charles
Charles
IX (other), and Carlism

Charles
Charles
d'Ursel Charles-Joseph, 4th Duke d'Ursel Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
(1713–1780) Charles III of Spain
Charles III of Spain
(1716–1788), first son of the second marriage of Philip V with Elizabeth Farnese of Parma "Bonnie Prince Charlie" Charles Edward Stuart
Charles Edward Stuart
(1720–1788), exiled claimant to the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis
Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis
(1738–1805), English military commander and colonial governor Charles XIII of Sweden
Charles XIII of Sweden
(1748–1818), king of Sweden, the second son of King Adolf Frederick of Sweden and Louisa Ulrika of Prussia Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia
Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia
(1751–1819) Charles IV of Spain
Charles IV of Spain
(1748–1819), king of Spain
Spain
from December 14, 1788 until his abdication on March 19, 1808 Charles XIV John of Sweden
Charles XIV John of Sweden
(1763–1844), king of Sweden and Norway. Former Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France Infante Carlos, Count of Molina
Infante Carlos, Count of Molina
(1788–1855) Charles, Count Léon (1806–1881), illegitimate son of Emperor Napoleon I of France
Napoleon I of France
and Catherine Eléonore Denuelle de la Plaigne Charles III, Prince of Monaco
Charles III, Prince of Monaco
(1818–1889) founder of the casino in Monte Carlo Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin
Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin
(1818–1861) Charles I of Romania
Charles I of Romania
(1839–1914) first ruler of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty Carlos, Duke of Madrid
Carlos, Duke of Madrid
(1848–1909) Charles I of Portugal
Charles I of Portugal
(1863–1908), second to last King of Portugal and Algarves from 1889 to 1908 Charles I of Austria
Charles I of Austria
(1887–1922), Emperor of Austria Charles II of Romania
Charles II of Romania
(1893-1853) eldest son of Ferdinand I Charles XV of Sweden
Charles XV of Sweden
(1826–1872), king of Sweden, the eldest son of King Oscar I and Josephine of Leuchtenberg Prince Charles of Belgium
Prince Charles of Belgium
(1903–1983), second son of King Albert I of Belgium and Queen Elizabeth Archduke Karl Pius of Austria, Prince of Tuscany
Archduke Karl Pius of Austria, Prince of Tuscany
(1909–1953) Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma (1930–2010) Juan Carlos I of Spain
Spain
(b. 1938) former King of Spain Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales
(b. 1948), eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Scientists

Name Description

Charles
Charles
Babbage English mathematician, philosopher, mechanical engineer and computer scientist

Charles
Charles
L. Bennett American astrophysicist

Charles
Charles
Thomas Bolton astronomer who proved the existence of black holes

Charles
Charles
W. Curtis American mathematician

Charles
Charles
Darwin British naturalist

Charles
Charles
Dawson English archaeologist, involved in the Piltdown Man
Piltdown Man
hoax

Charles
Charles
Dupin French mathematician, engineer, economist, and politician

Charles
Charles
Ehresmann French mathematician

Charles
Charles
Fleming (ornithologist) New Zealand ornithologist

Charles
Charles
Hermite French mathematician

Charles
Charles
Thomas Jackson American geologist

Charles
Charles
T. Kowal American astronomer, discoverer of Chiron and 2 moons of Jupiter

Charles
Charles
Newton Little American mathematician and civil engineer

Charles
Charles
Lyell Scottish scientist, founder of modern geology

Charles
Charles
Wright Mills American sociologist

Charles
Charles
Sims (mathematician) American mathematician

Charles
Charles
Hazelius Sternberg American fossil collector, involved in the Bone Wars

Charles
Charles
Mortram Sternberg son of above, also a fossil collector and paleontologist

Charles
Charles
Tilly American sociologist

Charles
Charles
Doolittle Walcott American paleontologist and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Charles Thomson
Charles Thomson
Rees Wilson Scottish physicist

Other

In aviation and aerospace

Charles
Charles
Lindbergh, first person to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean Chuck
Chuck
Yeager, American test pilot and first man to break the sound barrier

entrepreneurs and businessmen

Charles
Charles
Keating, American financier, instigator of the "Keating 5" scandal Charles
Charles
M. Schwab, founder of Bethlehem Steel Charles
Charles
R. Schwab, stock-broker and founder of the Charles
Charles
Schwab Corporation

military personnel

Charles
Charles
Upham, most-decorated Commonwealth serviceman of World War Two

criminals

Charles
Charles
Gibbs, 19th-century pirate Charles
Charles
Sobhraj, Indian serial killer Charles
Charles
Manson, American cult leader, convicted murder conspirator Charles
Charles
Ponzi, Italian-American con-man, gave name to Ponzi scheme

Other uses of the name

Carolus (coin) "Charles", a short story by Shirley Jackson Charley horse, a biophysical condition

See also

Carl (name) Charley (other) Charlie (other) Charly (other) Chuck
Chuck
(other) Charleston (other) Charlestown (other) Saint Charles
Charles
(other) Chas (other)

References

^ T. F. Hoad, English Etymology, Oxford University Press, 1993 (ISBN 0-19-283098-8). p. 76. ^ Pokorny, Julius; G. Starotsin; A. Lubotsky (2007). Proto-Indo-European Etymological Dictionary: a Revised Edition of Julius Pokorny's Indogermanicshes Etymologisches Wörterbuch. Indo-European Language Association. pp. 1192–1193.  ^ E. Förstemann, Altdeutsches Namenbuch (1856), s.v. 'Carl' (303). ^ "Caroline". Behind the Name. Retrieved 12 April 2017.  ^ "Charlotte". Behind the Name. Retrieved 12 April 2017.  ^ "Caroline". Oxford Reference. Oxford. Retrieved 12 April 2017.  ^ "Carla". Behind the Name. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 

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