Carlos History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name Carlos begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a 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. 
One source claims that the name is a derivation of "Carlos, or its original, Carolus,"  and we shall see later, Carlos was indeed still used by some people as late as the 17th century.
Early Origins of the Carlos family
The surname Carlos 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. " 
Later some of the family were found in Worcestershire, where "Careless is at present an Evesham name, and Carless is still a Worcester name. "  There was only one entry for the family in Yorkshire at the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Willelmus Careles. 
Important Dates for the Carlos family
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Carlos Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Carlos are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Carlos include: Carlesse, Carelesse, Careless, Carless, Karelees, Kareles, Careles, Corless, Curless, Korelees and many more.
Early Notables of the Carlos 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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Carlos migration to the United States
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Carlos or a variant listed above:
Carlos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jose Carlos, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 
- Domingo Carlos, aged 43, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1838 
Contemporary Notables of the name Carlos (post 1700)
- Francisco Manuel Carlos (b. 1940), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1967 to 1970
- John Wesley Carlos (b. 1945), American gold and bronze Olympic medalist and later a NFL and CFL football player
- Wendy Carlos (b. 1939), American three-time Grammy Award winning composer and musician, known for her work on A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980), as well as Walt Disney's Tron (1982)
- Bun E. Carlos (b. 1951), born Brad M. Carlson, American musician and drummer for the rock band Cheap Trick
- Infante Carlos of Spain, KOGF, KGCHS (1938-2015), Spanish nobleman, Prince of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria
- Roberto Carlos (b. 1973), Brazilian footballer
- Don Carlos (1788-1855), Spanish pretender
- Juan Carlos Calabró (1934-2013), Argentine actor and comedian from Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Reinaldo Carlos Merlo (b. 1950), Argentine football coach and former player, who played as a midfielder
- Juan Carlos Escobar (b. 1982), Colombian footballer
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