Careless History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Careless is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was 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 a "cheerful, merry" person. [1]

One source claims that the name is a derivation of "Carlos, or its original, Carolus," [2] and we shall see later, Carlos was indeed still used by some people as late as the 17th century.

Early Origins of the Careless family

The surname Careless was first found in Gloucestershire, but some of the family were found in Lancashire at Welsh Whittle in early times. "In that of Edward III., Sir William Careles held the manor, so called, of Walshwittell. " [3]

Later some of the family were found in Worcestershire, where "Careless is at present an Evesham name, and Carless is still a Worcester name. " [4] There was only one entry for the family in Yorkshire at the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Willelmus Careles. [5]

Early History of the Careless family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Careless research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1260, 1379, 1570, 1700, 1722, 1769, 1610, 1689, 1619, 1665, 1670 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Careless History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Careless Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Careless have been found, including Carlesse, Carelesse, Careless, Carless, Karelees, Kareles, Careles, Corless, Curless, Korelees and many more.

Early Notables of the Careless family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Willelmus Careles, a prominent 14th century landholder in Yorkshire Colonel William Careless, Carles or Carlos (c. 1610-1689), was an English Royalist officer of the English Civil War, companion of King Charles II when the fugitive monarch hid in the Royal Oak following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. "A family of the name of Carlosia described as of Stratford-on-Avon in the 'Visitation of Warwickshire' in 1619." The source goes on to note that he is thought to have been "the son of Anthony Careless, of the Clothiers' Company in Worcester in 1665, who...
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United States Careless migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Careless, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Careless Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Careless, who arrived in Virginia in 1737
Careless Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Careless, aged 46, who sailed to New York in 1862
  • Eliza Careless, aged 46, who landed in New York in 1862 [6]

Canada Careless migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Careless Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Careless, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749, with his wife and his daughter
  • James Careless, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Careless migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Careless Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Careless, English convict who was convicted in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • William Careless, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]

New Zealand Careless migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Careless Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Careless, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Canning" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1857 [9]
  • Mrs. Patience Careless, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Canning" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1857 [9]
  • Miss Patience Careless, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Canning" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1857 [9]
  • Miss Emily Careless, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Canning" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1857 [9]
  • Miss Hannah Careless, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Canning" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1857 [9]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Careless (post 1700) +

  • Betty "Betsy" Careless (1704-1739), thought to have been born Elizabeth Carless, English notorious prostitute and later bagnio-owner in 18th-century London
  • James Maurice Stockford Careless, Canadian historian from the University of Toronto


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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