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Origins Available: English, Irish

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

The history of the name Carlos begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a person who was believed to be free from care or unconcerned. The nickname is derived from the Old English word carleas, which referred to the personal characteristics of the bearer.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Carlos are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Carlos include: Carlesse, Carelesse, Careless, Carless, Karelees, Kareles, Careles, Corless, Curless, Korelees and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carlos research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1260, 1379, 1570, 1700, 1722, 1769, 1610 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Carlos History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carlos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Carlos or a variant listed above:

Carlos Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Carlos, aged 35, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Domingo Carlos, aged 43, landed in New Orleans, La in 1838

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  • Bun E. Carlos (b. 1951), born Brad M. Carlson, American musician and drummer for the rock band Cheap Trick
  • Wendy Carlos (b. 1939), American three-time Grammy Award winning composer and musician, known for her work on A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980), as well as Walt Disney's Tron (1982)
  • John Wesley Carlos (b. 1945), American gold and bronze Olympic medalist and later a NFL and CFL football player
  • Francisco Manuel Carlos (b. 1940), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1967 to 1970
  • Don Carlos (1788-1855), Spanish pretender
  • Roberto Carlos (b. 1973), Brazilian footballer


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  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Carlos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carlos 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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