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Where did the Scottish Carithers family come from? What is the Scottish Carithers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carithers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carithers family history?It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Carithers. It was a name for someone who lived in the land of Carruthers in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire. Interestingly in that area, then name is pronounced "Cridders." 
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Carithers has appeared as Carruthers, Carothers, Carouthers, Carrothers, Carruther, Carruthirs, Carruthers, Carrutherys, Cridders, Gridders and many more.
First found in Dumfriesshire, where by the 12th century the family had become hereditary Stewards of the Annandale district of the border allied to the Bruces and the Stewarts. One of the first records of the name was Simon Carruthers who swore an oath of allegiance to Edward I in 1296. A few years later, John de Carutherys received a charter of the lands of Musfald and Appliltrewayt in 1320. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carithers research. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1344, 1429, and 1702 are included under the topic Early Carithers History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Carithers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Carithers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: John Carruthers arrived in New York in 1804; followed by Robert and William who also arrived in New York in 1804; John and Sarah arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772..
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Promptus et fidelis
Motto Translation: Ready and faithful.
The Carithers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carithers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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