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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 the personal characteristics of the bearer.

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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. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carlos research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1260, 1379, 1570, 1700, 1722, 1769, 1610 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Carlos History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Willelmus Careles, a prominent 14th century landholder in Yorkshire; and Colonel William Careless ( c. 1610-1689), English Royalist officer of...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carlos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Domingo Carlos, aged 43, landed in New Orleans, La in 1838
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  • 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
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Carlos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carlos 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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