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Quick Facts on Charley

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 513
Simple meaning:
Free (wo)man

Characteristics of Charley

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Charley

Charlie has mostly been considered a masculine nickname for the English Charles (from the German Karl meaning “free man”); however, in colloquial style it has also been used as a female pet form for women with Charles inspired names (Charlotte, Caroline, Charlene, Charlize, etc). Charlie and Charley have been used an independently given names in their own right, historically for little boys. However, in more recent times Charlie became unisex as an out-right given name and Charley followed suit shortly thereafter. Parents in the United States, Canada and Australia have now hijacked Charley almost exclusively over to the female camp. Names like Charlee, Charli and Charleigh were also developed in order to provide alternative spellings for girls specifically. Using nicknames as official birth certificate names (rather than pet forms of more traditional names) is an informal, relaxed trend mostly prevalent in North America and Australia. The Scots occasionally use Charley for their little lasses, too.

Popularity of the Name Charley

Charley used to be on the male naming charts in America, but not since 1981. Charley then appeared on the female naming charts for the first time in 2009 and has gained a fair bit of ground. The classic spelling of Charlie is still unisex (although it remains more popular for boys); but Charlee, Charley, Charli and Charleigh are all pretty much female in America now (none appear on the masculine Top 1000). Charley – like Abby, Maddie or Molly – is a common example of a laid-back nickname morphing into a popular girl’s given name all by itself. There’s no denying how darling Charley is, how upbeat, friendly and approachable; but we still think she’s a little too idiomatic and informal as a sole option. Consider the elegance of Charlotte, Charlize or Caroline as given names and the usage of Charley as your daughter’s everyday name. At least this way you give your child the choice later in life if she prefers a more mature sounding name. Either way, we totally get the appeal of Charley (it’s actually our favorite respelling). Charlee is a little on the cutesy side, Charli looks too truncated and Charleigh is way too fancy-pants.
Popularity of the Girl Name Charley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Charley

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Charley

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Charley

    Charley (Death of a Salesman) Charley is Willy Loman’s next-door neighbor in Arthur Miller’s classic 1949 play, Death of a Salesman. Charley is a good man with a sense of pity for Willy. He is neighborly, offering Willy a job, lending him money and playing cards with him. For his efforts, Charley is held in some contempt by Willy, who envies Charley his relative prosperity. Charley, for his part, is not all that fond of Willy, but it is a measure of his essential decency that he repeatedly offers Willy the kind of help he, Charley, sees as sensible and all-serving. Ultimately, Willy, who is otherwise losing his grip on reality, confesses one true thing – his belief that Charley is his only friend.

    Charley Bates (Oliver Twist) Charley Bates is a character in Charles Dickens’ 1838 classic, Oliver Twist. Charley is a good-natured and indefatigable member of Fagin’s gang of pickpockets into which Oliver is inducted. Unlike the naïve and well-behaved Oliver, who is discovered to be of gentle birth, our Charley is what he is. He’s a boy of the streets, of common origin, who gets by on a wink and a smile. And a few pockets. He and the Artful Dodger teach Oliver all they know, to disastrous results – well, not for Oliver, you may be sure. Laugh-a-minute Charley ultimately sees the light and gives up his thieving ways. We are told he does so because of his horror over Sikes’ murder of Nancy, but we’re willing to bet that he saw a surer thing in legitimacy. Charley prospers on his own merits, not by any mere coincidence of parentage, and we’re glad he does!

  • Popular Songs on Charley

    Popular Songs on Charley

    Charley - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Charley.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Charley

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Charley

    Charley gets ready for Santa (Patricia Strafford) - Charley, a golden retriever, feels that last year Santa left her all the wrong toys so this year she wants to make sure her and all her friends get their Christmas lists in early. As she says "This year let's not have any mistakes." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Charley's First Night (Amy Hest) - Two of our most beloved picture book creators team up to tell a classic story of a child, his new puppy, and a first night home. On Charley’s first night, Henry carries his new puppy in his old baby blanket all the way to his house. He shows Charley every room, saying, "This is home, Charley." He says that a lot so that Charley will know that he is home. Henry’s parents are very clear about who will be walking and feeding Charley (Henry will, and he can’t wait). They are also very clear about where Charley will be sleeping: Charley will be sleeping in the kitchen. But when the crying starts in the middle of the night, Henry knows right away that it’s Charley! And it looks like his parents’ idea about where Charley is going to sleep may have to change. With warmth, humor, and endearing simplicity, Amy Hest tells a tale familiar to everyone who has loved a puppy, while Helen Oxenbury renders each tender gesture and charming detail in a beauty of a book that children will be eager to take home. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Did You Carry The Flag Today, Charley? (Rebecca Caudill) - All the children in the Appalachian Mountains know that the highest honor at Little School is being chosen to "carry the flag" and lead the line to the school bus. It's the award given each day to the child who has been most helpful. When Charley Cornett begins school no one expects him to win the award. Charley's not exactly the helpful type; he's more the curious type. He has to climb out on a tree limb to see how the apple is attached. And he has to hold his hand over the water tap to see if running water can be stopped. Nothing can stop Charley. Then one special day, a day full of rocks and snakes and books, Charley surprises his family and the entire school! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth (Lucy Cousins) - A Maisy First Experience Book. On his first trip to the dentist, Charley gets lots of moral support from Maisy and friends in a full-length story readers will be eager to sink their teeth into. Maisy's friend Charley has a wobbly tooth! He's going to the dentist for the first time, and he’s a little nervous. Luckily, Maisy, Tallulah, Eddie, and Cyril are happy to accompany their toothy friend to the dentist’s office, where they make some fun discoveries: a twirly chair that goes up and down, a special cup to spit in, and a proper tooth-brushing demonstration. Charley gets an x-ray, a smiley button, and a book to take home, but what will happen with his wobbly tooth? Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Speak Now: A Charley Fairfax Mystery (Margaret Dumas) - Charley Van Leeuwen can tell by a man's kiss whether he's been drinking Taittinger or Veuve Clicquot. Not that she kisses many men, a fact her friends deplore. So imagine their surprise when she comes home to San Francisco with her new husband. Jack Fairfax is the definition of tall, dark, and handsome. But is he the mild-mannered meteorologist he claims to be? Sometime between finding a dead body in her bathtub, tagging along on a ransom drop, and getting rescued by her husband in a hail of bullets, Charley begins to believe there's more to Jack's past than he's willing--or able--to admit. So, here's Charley, used to her money as a cushion, forced to protect her family and friends and rescue her non-profit repertory theater from artistic and financial ruin. If that means dealing with kidnappings, murders, bitter ex-boyfriends, out-of-control relatives, and vicious former spies--all while staging a play--well, nobody ever said marriage would be easy. Recommended for ages 18+

    Travels with Charley in Search of America (John Steinbeck) - At age fifty-eight, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America. This chronicle of their trip meanders from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Still evocative and awe-inspiring after fifty years, Travels with Charley in Search of America provides an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life—a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South—which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand—Travels with Charley is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade. Recommended for ages young adult and older.

  • Famous People Named Charley

    Famous People Named Charley

    Famous People Named Charley - Charley Patton (notable blues musician); Charley Chase (American comic/actor/screenwriter/director); Charley Boorman (actor); Charley Steiner (sportscaster); Charley Grapewin (vaudeville actor); Charley Paddock (Olympic athlete); Charley Riley (boxer); Charley Straight (bandleader/composer); Charley Trippi (football player); Charley Pell (college football coach); Charley Pride (country music singer); Charley Steinbeck (Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck's famous French standard poodle)

  • Children of Famous People Named Charley

    Children of Famous People Named Charley

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Charley - John Boorman (British filmmaker, has a son named Charley)

  • Historic Figures

    Charley - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Charley - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Charley.

Personality of the Girl Name Charley

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Charley

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