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

The ancestors of the Cartee surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in an inhospitable or barren area. Cartee is derived from an Old English word meaning dwellers of the rough ground.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cartee include Cart, Carte, Carta and others.

First found in Wiltshire, where the Cartee family held a family seat from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was William Cart, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Wiltshire in 1176.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cartee research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cartee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Cartee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Cartee Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Dennis Cartee, who arrived in Virginia in 1695

Cartee Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Margt Cartee, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • James Cartee, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Timothy Cartee, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Catherine Cartee, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Charles Cartee, who landed in Virginia in 1717

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  • Greg Cartee Ph.D., American Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Movement Science and Director of the Muscle Biology Laboratory at the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology
  • Lianne Cartee, American Teaching Associate Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Group, University of North Carolina


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