Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Charlize

Charlize is a South African (Afrikaans) female version of Charles. Charles, in turn, is ultimately derived from the German masculine name Karl/Carl (from the Germanic “karl” meaning “free man”); therefore, Charlize essentially means “free woman”. In ancient times, the Germanic term “karl” signified a “free” man but not one of nobility; i.e., from the same medieval root as the Olde English word “ceorl” which stood for “man of low birth, a common man”. In the later Middle High German or Middle English, however, both terms evolved their definitions to mean more simply “man, fellow, husband”. Despite the name’s rather “lowly” beginnings, many Europeans of high rank and those among the royalty bore names derived from Karl/Carl (such as Charlemagne, Charles, Caroline and Charlotte). In fact, the 8th/9th century Frankish leader, Charlemagne (Charles the Great), had a lot to do with the name’s perpetuation among the earlier Franks (a Germanic tribe and precursors to the French people). Charlize is a version developed among South Africans (who tended toward the “-ize” suffix in the creation of female forms of names). For instance, South African-native Charlize Theron was named after her father, Charles.

All About the Baby Name – Charlize

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME CHARLIZE

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME CHARLIZE

Speaking of Charlize Theron, it is actually this pretty, talented actress who deserves the credit for spreading interest in her name among American parents in the United States. The name Charlize first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 2004 at a very respectable position (#624). This is definitely an impressive first time appearance for any name. Not coincidentally, 2004 marks the year when Theron won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Monster” (2003). Her stardom was at its peak, and her pretty name went along for the ride. The name has since dropped back down in usage (although she still maintains Top 1000 status). A little more than 300 baby girls were given the name Charlize in 2012 – much more underplayed when compared to the English staples Charlotte and Caroline. Charlize is basically a more flowery version of tomboy Charlie.

Quick Facts

ON CHARLIZE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

881

PRONUNCIATION:

shar-LEES

SIMPLE MEANING:

Free (wo)man

Characteristics

OF CHARLIZE

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Charlize

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME CHARLIZE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Charlize

Popular Songs

ON CHARLIZE

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Charlize


Famous People

NAMED CHARLIZE

Charlize Theron (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED CHARLIZE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Charlize

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME CHARLIZE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Charlize