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Origin of the name CHARLES.
Etymology of the name CHARLES.
Meaning of the baby name CHARLES.

  

CHARLES.  French form of Old German Karl (q.v.), meaning "male; manly."  Usage: America, Australia, Austria, Bohemia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales.
    Charles Macintosh (d. 1843), was a Scottish chemist and inventor.  Charles McCarthy, an Irish hurler.  Charles Dickens (d. 1870), was an English novelist.  Charles Reisner, an American actor and film director.  Charles de Gaulle (d. 1970), was a French general and statesman. (Wiki)

Charles, Ger. Karl, seems to have signified primarily male, manly.  It became the name of the line of rulers that culminated in Charles Martel and Charles the Great, and has continued to be popular ever since. (Chambers's Miscellany of Instructive and Entertaining Tracts, 1871)

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