Charlotte is a name with both English and French origins. The meaning of the name Charlotte is free. It is the feminine form of Charles, with which it shares the nicknames Charlie/Charley. Other common nicknames include Lottie, Lotta, and Char. A common variation is Carlotta, the Italian form of Charlotte.
Charlotte is a very popular name in the United States, ranking #13 in the US in 2013 per the Social Security Administration. In Australia, Charlotte was the #1 baby name in 2012. Charlotte ranks #1 on BabyNames.com's most popular names of 2014.
Famous Charlottes include several women of royalty, such as Charlotte Princess of Monaco, Charlotte of Savoy, and Charlotte of Cypress. Other famous women include authors (Charlotte Bronte), actresses (Charlotte Rae, Charlotte Rampling), singers (Charlotte Church), and fashion designers (Charlotte Ronson).
Charlotte is also a popular name in fiction, including the spider in Charlotte's Web (E.B. White), Charlotte Palmer and Charlotte Lucas in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice respectively, Charlotte Grayson from T.V.'s Revenge, and Charlotte "Lottie" La Bouff in the Disney animated film, The Princess and the Frog.
People who prefer the name Charlotte tend to have more traditional names of European origin on their name lists.
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