Charles

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the French Charles, from the Old High German Karl, from the Proto-Germanic *karlaz (person, free man); compare the English word churl and the German Kerl.

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Charles

  1. A male given name.
    • 1599 William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act I, Scene II:
      Charles the Great / Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French / Beyond the river Sala, in the year / Eight hundred five.
    • 1844 Edgar Allan Poe: Thou Art the Man:
      - - - there never was any person named Charles who was not an open, manly, honest, good-natured, and frank-hearted fellow, with a rich, clear, voice, that did you good to hear it, and an eye that looked at you always straight at the face, as much as to say: "I have a clear conscience myself, am afraid of no man, and am altogether above doing a mean action." And thus all the hearty, careless,'walking gentlemen' of the stage are very certain to be called Charles. ( Note: Charles turns out to be the villain of this story.)
    • 1988 Ed McBain: The House That Jack Built: page 212:
      - - - spoke the way the English do, funny, you know? His name was Roger, I think. Or Nigel. Something like that." "How about Charles?" "Charles? Well, yes, it could have been.Charles does sound English, doesn't it? Their prince is named Charles, isn't he?"
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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Common given name since the Middle Ages.

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French[edit]

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Charles m

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Charles

Jèrriais[edit]

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Charles m

  1. A male given name.

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Charles m (nominative singular Charles)

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Charles

Swedish[edit]

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Charles

  1. A male given name borrowed from English and French.