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

In ancient Scotland, Carlyle was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in the city of Carlisle in the county of Cumberland.


Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Carlyle has been spelled Carlisle, Carlysle, Carleill, Carlyle, Carlile, Carliell and many more.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carlyle research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1795, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Carlyle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Carlyle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Carlyle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Carlyle (1720-1780), Scottish merchant who emigrated to Virginia in 1741, became a plantation owner and founding trustee and the first overseer of Alexandria, Virginia
  • William Carlyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1765

Carlyle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • A Jamieson Carlyle, who arrived in Illinois in 1839
  • Margaret Carlyle, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1845
  • Mr. Carlyle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Earl Lester "Buddy" Carlyle (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Roy Edward Carlyle (1900-1956), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Hiram Cleo Carlyle (1902-1967), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox in 1927
  • Very Rev Alexander Carlyle FRSE (1722-1805), Scottish churchman
  • Jane Baillie Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish diarist
  • Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist and historian, eponym of the Carlyle Hotel, New York City
  • Robert Carlyle OBE (b. 1961), Scottish two-time BAFTA Award, Gemini Award winning, Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor
  • Joseph Dacre Carlyle (1759-1804), English orientalist
  • Paul Carlyle (b. 1967), former Northern Irish footballer
  • Randolph Robert "Randy" Carlyle (b. 1956), Canadian head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs



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: Humilitate
Motto Translation: With humility.


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The Carlyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carlyle 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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