There are 42 people in my tree named Charlotte including my daughter. She was named after my grandmother Charlotte Hedwig Boltz née Manock (1912-1988)
In naming Charlotte we also remembered her fourth great grandmother Charlotte de Crespigny née Dana (1820-1904) and her great great grand aunt Charlotte Wilkins née Young (1861-1925). Charlotte Wilkins brought up Jack and Cecil Young, my Charlotte’s great grandfather, after their mother had died at the time of Cecil’s birth.
The dates of birth of the Charlottes in my tree are as follows
- 1700-1749 : 2
- 1750-1799 : 9
- 1800-1849 : 18
- 1850-1899 : 8
- 1900-1949 : 4
- 1950-1999 : 1
Of the 5,579 people whose birth year is recorded in my family tree, 13% were born before 1800, 56% were born in the nineteenth century, and 53% were born in the twentieth century. The name Charlotte is disproportionately popular in my family in the nineteenth century.
The name Charlotte dates at least from the fourteenth century and is the feminine form of Charles. Two notable Charlottes were:
- Charlotte of Bourbon, Queen of Cyprus (1388-1422)
- Charlotte of Savoy (1441-1483) wife of King Louis XI of France.
The United Kingdom Office for National Statistics has an interactive graphic of trends in popular baby names since 1904 at https://visual.ons.gov.uk/baby-names-since-1904-how-has-yours-performed/
Charlotte was one of the top 100 names in the early part of the twentieth century but from 1915 was not on the list until 1975.
Currently Charlotte is an extremely popular baby name in Australia being the most popular name for girls in 2016.