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

The surname Carlisle was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in the city of Carlisle in the county of Cumberland.


The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Carlisle has been spelled Carlisle, Carlysle, Carleill, Carlyle, Carlile, Carliell and many more.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carlisle research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1795, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Carlisle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Carlisle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Carlisle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Carlisle, who arrived in Maryland in 1666
  • Jone Carlisle, who landed in Maryland in 1666
  • Susan Carlisle, who landed in Maryland in 1666

Carlisle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Carlisle who settled in Augusta Virginia in 1730
  • Alexander Carlisle, who arrived in New England in 1743

Carlisle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geo Carlisle, who landed in America in 1806
  • Mary Carlisle, who arrived in America in 1806
  • William Carlisle settled in New England in 1806
  • Jno Carlisle, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Allen Carlisle, aged 25, arrived in Virginia in 1812

Carlisle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Robert Carlisle U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783

Carlisle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Carlisle, aged 38, a painter, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

Carlisle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Carlisle, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873


  • Brandon Carlisle (1978-2015), American punk rock drummer for the Teenage Bottlerocket
  • Mary Carlisle (b. 1912), retired American actress and singer, one of the "WAMPAS Baby Stars" in 1932
  • Kitty Carlisle (1910-2007), born Catherine Conn, American singer and actress, best remembered as a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth
  • John Griffin Carlisle (1834-1910), American politician, 35th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1883-1889)
  • Jodi Carlisle (b. 1960), American actress, active since 1982
  • Cooper Morrison Carlisle (b. 1977), American NFL football guard
  • Cliff Carlisle (1903-1983), American country and blues singer
  • Belinda Jo Carlisle (b. 1958), American pop vocalist, best known as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's
  • Orville H. Carlisle (1917-1988), American inventor of model rocketry
  • Peter Benson Carlisle (b. 1952), American Prosecuting Attorney of Honolulu from 1996 to 2010



  • A Family History of Zachariah and Jennie Colwill Carlisle by Robert Z. Carlisle.

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: Humilitate
Motto Translation: With humility.


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