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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Corstophine, Carstarphen, Carstophine, Carstophene, Carstrphen, Corstophen and many more.

First found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carstarphen research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1745, and 1767 are included under the topic Early Carstarphen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Corstorphen and his sons John and James, who all arrived in Virginia in 1746; and George Corstorphine, who came to Barbados between the years 1806-1834..

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  • N. B. Carstarphen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1952; Louisiana Democratic State Chair, 1955


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  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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The Carstarphen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carstarphen 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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