The Irish name Carlyon claims descent from the O'Connors in Donegal
where "Carlan" (from the Irish "carla" meaning a "wool-comb" and "an" meaning "one who" which roughly translates as "one who combs wool") was in Irish O'Carlain or O'Caireallain.
Early Origins of the Carlyon family
The surname Carlyon was first found in County Limerick
(Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where the name is descended from the O'Connor stem, Kings of Connaught
and the family became early associated with the county of Tyrone
, and in neighboring counties.
Early History of the Carlyon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carlyon research.Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1738, 1799, 1535, 1568, 1670 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Carlyon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carlyon Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
of the name Carlyon dating from that time include Carlin, Carling, O'Carolan, Carline, Karlin, Kerling, Kerline, Carlind, Carlynde, Carlyne, Carlyn, Carrlin, Carrling, Kerlynd, Kerlynde, Karlynd, Karline, Kearlin, Kearline, Kearlynd, Carolan, Carrolan, Carolyn, Carolyne, Caroline, Carolynde, Caraline, Carroline, Carlan, Carland, Carlon, Carlone, Karolin, Karolan, Karrolin and many more.
Early Notables of the Carlyon family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Hugh O'Carolan, Bishop of Clogher from 1535-1568. Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer, known for his gift for melodic composition. Born in Nobber, County Meath
, his father took a job with the MacDermott Roe family of... Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carlyon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carlyon family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Carlyon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Carlyon, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
- John Carlyon, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
- Henry Carlyon, aged 33, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
- Edward Carlyon (aged 21), a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
- William Carlyon (aged 19), a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
Carlyon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Carlyon, aged 36, a miner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
- Ann Carlyon, aged 36, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
- Albert J. Carlyon, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
- Richard Carlyon, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
- David Carlyon, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
Contemporary Notables of the name Carlyon (post 1700)
- R.A. Carlyon (b. 1956), New Zealand member of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, eponym of Carlyon Glacier, Antarctica
- Les Carlyon (b. 1942), Australian writer, winner of the Graham Perkin Australian journalist of the year award (1993)
The Carlyon 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: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.