Carles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Carles family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from Carl, derived from the personal name which means man. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the German (Saxon) word "carl" meaning "strong, stout, courageous, and valiant." [1] "It is rarely found as a forename before the reign of Charles I.' [2]

Early Origins of the Carles family

The surname Carles was first found in Suffolk where Edward Charles was recorded the 1273. The same Hundredorum Rolls also included Charles (without surname), Kent; William Charle, Norfolk; Alan Charle, Cambridgeshire; Ida Carle, Cambridgeshire; Ralph Carles, Cambridgeshire; and William Carolus, Norfolk. [3]

Early History of the Carles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carles research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1253, 1482, 1550, 1569, 1688, 1613 and are included under the topic Early Carles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carles Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Carles include Charles, Carles, St. Charles and others.

Early Notables of the Carles family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Nicholas Charles or Carles (d. 1613), English herald, stated by Noble to have been son of a London butcher named George Carles, and grandson of Richard...
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Ireland Migration of the Carles family to Ireland

Some of the Carles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Carles migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Carles were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Carles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Carles, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [4]
Carles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Carles, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1827 [4]
  • Franco Carles, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1832 [4]
  • Domingo Carles, aged 43, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1838 [4]
  • Emilio Carles, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1845 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carles (post 1700) +

  • Jacques de Carles, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Binaventura Carles Aribau (1798-1862), Spanish economist and writer
  • Carles Coto (b. 1988), Spanish footballer who plays for Greek club Volos N.F.C. as a right winger
  • Carles Santos (1940-2017), Spanish artist and pianist
  • Carles Geoffrey "Geoff" Corkish MBE MHK (b. 1953), Manx politician, former Communications Director for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
  • Carles Pascual Soldevila (b. 1908), Spanish architect

The Carles 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.

  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. 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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jacques Carles. Retrieved from on Facebook
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