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Where did the Scottish Carl family come from? What is the Scottish Carl family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carl family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carl family history?

The ancestors of the Carl family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region), where the name can be found since very early times.

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Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Carl include Carle, Carley, Carlley, Carrley, Carlie, Carleigh, Carlea, Carlee, Carrlie, Carlies, Carleys, Carleas, Carlay, Carley, Carrlay, Carrley, Carrleys, Karley and many more.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carl research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1493 is included under the topic Early Carl History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Carl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Carl family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Carl:

Carl Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Tho Carl, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Carl Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Carl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Hans Michael Carl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Simon Carl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johannes Carl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Yerick Carl, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748


Carl Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Ann M Carl, aged 30, arrived in America in 1821
  • Philip M Carl, aged 32, arrived in America in 1821
  • Conrad Carl, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Christian Carl, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • J H Carl, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850


Carl Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Carl, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1903

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  • Richard Carl, retired American basketball player


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  • A Carl Family History by Skip Carl.
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  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Carl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carl 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.

This page was last modified on 14 October 2012 at 13:52.

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