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Charles

Bonnie Prince Charles

Charles (m) The Germanic equivalent of Andrew,
meaning ‘a man,’ or ‘manly.’ Charles was very popular
in Scotland, as elsewhere in the English-speaking world,
until 1950, but it has now fallen out of favour. It was a royal name of the House of Stewart, and much romanticised by the Jacobites. The feminine forms Charlean, Charleen, Charlene and Charline have all been used in Scotland (suggesting another possible source of Arlene). In Gaelic Charles in rendered as Tearlach, which resembles it in sound but means ‘well-shaped.’

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