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In ancient Scotland, Carlyle was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in the city of Carlisle in the county of Cumberland.


The surname Carlyle was 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.

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Carlyle has been spelled Carlisle, Carlysle, Carleill, Carlyle, Carlile, Carliell and many more.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Carlyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Carlyle 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 and printed products wherever possible.


In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Carlyle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Carlyle (1720-1780), Scottish merchant who emigrated to Virginia in 1741, became a plantation owner and founding trustee and the first overseer of Alexandria, Virginia
  • William Carlyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1765

Carlyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Jamieson Carlyle, who arrived in Illinois in 1839
  • Margaret Carlyle, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1845
  • Mr. Carlyle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

  • Hiram Cleo Carlyle (1902-1967), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox in 1927
  • Roy Edward Carlyle (1900-1956), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Earl Lester "Buddy" Carlyle (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Irving Carlyle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1952, 1956
  • Frank Ertel Carlyle (1897-1960), American Democrat politician, Solicitor, 9th District, 1939-48; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 7th District, 1949-57
  • Delia M. Carlyle, American Democrat politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Very Rev Alexander Carlyle FRSE (1722-1805), Scottish churchman
  • Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist and historian, eponym of the Carlyle Hotel, New York City
  • Robert Carlyle OBE (b. 1961), Scottish two-time BAFTA Award, Gemini Award winning, Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor
  • Jane Baillie Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish diarist
  • ...

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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    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Carlyle Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Carlyle 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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