The name Charlotte is of English origin and means "Free." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
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.
The most famous Charlotte is Prince William and Kate Middleton's daughter, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, of the British Royal Family.
Other royal Charlottes include Charlotte Princess of Monaco, Charlotte of Savoy, and Charlotte of Cypress. Other famous women include authors Charlotte Bronte, actresses Charlotte Rae and Charlotte Rampling, singer Charlotte Church, and fashion designer 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 Russe is a popular clothing retailer.
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