January 26, 2008


Charlotte ~ Free ~ English, German origins
(also means "small beauty" in French)

Charlotte, a feminine form of the name Charles, gained fame in England after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, brought the name to royal status. Queen Charlotte was a patron of the arts and supported both Bach, who was also her music teacher, and Mozart, who dedicated an opus to her. She was known for her art exhibitions and humanitarian efforts, and her name became a very attractive choice among parents in Britain and other European countries. In America, a city was named after her, and Charlotte is now the largest city in North Carolina.

The name Charlotte hit a peak in the U.S. in 1940, when it was number 59. Though it never fell out of use, I think today this name is poised for a comeback. It's got classic appeal and has both southern and European flair. One of the advantages to this name is that there are many, many variations that are derived from it. Some examples include:

Carly, Carlotta, Chara, Charlene, Cherlyn, Lola, Lolita, Lottie, Sharla, Sherie, Sheryl and Tottie.

One variation that most people wouldn't count on is "Chuck," the nickname picked for a fictional (and female) character named Charlotte in ABC's Pushing Daisies. Despite the clunky male nickname, Chuck is the beautiful love interest for the main character.

This name has a history of likeable people associated with it, such as Charlotte Bronte, Charlotte Church, a character in a Jane Austen novel, and even the spider from the children's story Charlotte's Web. Another reason it might be likeable has nothing to do with a person or character, but a band: Good Charlotte. Whether or not you are inspired by pop-punk, children's stories, or the queen herself, Charlotte is a lovely choice.

1 comment:

  1. i really love names that you can make a nickname out of. charlotte is one of my favorites mostly because i LOVE the name Lotti.