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Origin: France
Region Origin: Western Europe

Charlie is a gender-neutral name of German origin, meaning "free man". It is derived from the Germanic word "karal," which translates to "free man" or "kerle," meaning "warrior". The name is often used as a nickname for Charles and is also related to various beautiful variations, including Charlotte, Charlene, and Charley. The name Charlie has become increasingly popular in recent years, moving up the ranks and entering the top 200 in 2016 and top 150 in 2018. In 2020, it reached its peak as the 122nd most popular name in the United States, according to Social Security Administration data. While traditionally a male name, Charlie has gained momentum as a girls' name as well. The name has been associated with famous people such as Charlie Chaplin, an actor and comedian, and Charlie Sheen, an American actor.

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