CHANDLER: French for "candle maker." Surname used as a first name.
Relatives: Chan, Chaney. Namesake: Raymond Chandler, "Chandler Bing."
CHANNING: Old English for "knowing." Namesakes: Stockard Channing, Carol Channing
CHARITY: From the Latin for "affection." One of the virtue names popular with the Puritans. The return to conservative values may bring these names back. Namesakes: Charity Blackstock, Sweet Charity
CHARLES: Old English for "manly." Popularized by Charlemagne; a favorite ever since. Nicknames to suit every taste. Relatives: Charlie, Charley, Charlton, Chuck, Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Carlos, Chico, Chick. Namesakes: Prince Charles, Charles Boyer, Charlton Heston, Chick Corea, Chuck Yeager, Charlie "Bird" Parker, Chico Marx, Carlos Baker.
CHARLOTTE: Feminine of Charles. A lovely old-fashioned name enjoying a deserved surge in popularity. Relatives: Charlie, Carlotta, Lottie, Lotte, Charlene, Charmaine, Charmayne, Charlayne, Chatzie. Namesakes: Charlotte Brontë, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte's Web.
CHASE: From the Old French for "hunter." Namesakes: Chase and Sanborn coffee, Chase Manhattan Bank.
CHELSEA: Old English for "river landing place." The Jane Fonda character in On Golden Pond. There are lots of little Chelseas around these days. Relatives: Chelsie, Kelsie, Kelsey, Kelsy. Namesakes: Linda Kelsey, "Chelsea Morning'.
CHERYL: From the French for "loved." A large group of names are available with the Cher prefix. Relatives: Sherryl, Sherryll, Sherrill, Sheryl, Cheryle, Sheryle, Cher, Cherrie, Cherry. Namesakes: Cheryl Tiegs, Cher, Cheryl Ladd, Sherrill Milnes, "Cherry Ames"