Charmian \ch(ar)-mian\ as a girl's name is pronounced CHAR-mee-an, SHAR-mee-an. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Charmian is "delight". From Kharmion, a diminutive of "kharma" meaning "delight" or "little joy". Literary: Shakespeare used the name for an attendant of the Egyptian queen in "Anthony and Cleopatra". He took it from Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's "Parallel". Actress Charmian Carr.