Early Origins of the MacCharles family
The surname MacCharles was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066, and their name in Gaelic was "MacThearlaich" meaning "the son of Charles." Hence we have McTarlych which is the old Gaelic which some Clan
members still subscribe to.
Early History of the MacCharles family
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MacCharles Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacCarley, MacCarly, Terleti, Thelycht, MacTherlycht, McKarlich, McTarlach, McCarlach, McKerlich, McHerlich, McCharles, McTarlich and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCharles family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCharles family to Ireland
Some of the MacCharles family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCharles family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles MacCarley landed in America in 1733.
Contemporary Notables of the name MacCharles (post 1700)
- Tracy MacCharles (b. 1963), Canadian politician, Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Pickering-Scarborough East (2011-)
The MacCharles Motto
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: Virtus auget honores
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.