Carmel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Carmel belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in or near the village of Cartmel in the county of Lancashire (now part of Cumbria.)  Thus, Carmel is a habitation surname which is derived from the name of a place. Like most English local surnames, the name Carmel was originally preceded by a preposition such as de. However, the preposition had usually been dropped from the name by the end of the 14th century. "The Staffordshire variants of this surname seem to have come from North Lancashire via Cheshire." 
One source notes: "Cartmell was the name of four tenants in Garstang in the reign of James I." 
And another sources adds this anecdote: "The signification of this name apparently has reference to the famous passage - at low water - across the Leven sands. The guides over the sands are, or were, called carters, passengers generally being conveyed in carts." 
Early Origins of the Carmel family
The surname Carmel was first found in Lancashire, at Cartmel, a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands. "This place, which is supposed to have derived its name from the British words Kert, a camp, and mell, a fell, or small mountain, according to Camden was given to St. Cuthbert, in 677, by Egfrid, King of Northumbria, with all the Britons inhabiting it. In 782, Ethelred, upon his restoration to the throne of that kingdom, allured from their sanctuary at York the sons of Alfwold, who had been advanced to the crown upon his expulsion, and put them to death at Cartmel. In 1188, William Mareschall, Earl of Pembroke, founded a priory for Regular canons of the order of St. Augustine, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and endowed it with all his lands at 'Kertmell,' "  Now a village in Cumbria, it has more recently become known as the "home of sticky toffee pudding."
Early History of the Carmel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carmel research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1378, 1578, 1681, 1748, 1701, 1648, 1673 and are included under the topic Early Carmel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carmel Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Carmel include Cartmill, Cartmills, Cartmell, Cartmells, Kertmell, Cartmele, Cartmail, Kartmill, Kartmell, Certmill, Cartnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Carmel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carmel family to Ireland
Some of the Carmel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carmel migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Carmel were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Carmel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Neal Carmel, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1841
Contemporary Notables of the name Carmel (post 1700) +
- Sylvester Carmel Magro (1941-2018), Maltese prelate, Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi (1997–2016)
- Stephnie Carmel Weir (b. 1967), American actress, comedienne, and writer
- Major-General Lawrence Carmel Jaynes (1891-1977), American Special Assistant to Chief of Staff US Army (1950-1953) 
- John Carmel Heenan (1905-1975), English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Westminster
- Carmel McLure, Australian jurist, President of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia (1997-)
- Carmel H. Booth, American politician, Mayor of San Anselmo, California, 1952 
- Carmel McSharry (b. 1925), Irish character actress, best known for her roles as Beryl Humphries in Beryl's Lot (1973–1977)
- Carmel Mary Tebbutt (b. 1964), Australian politician, 15th Deputy Premier of New South Wales (2008-2011), Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council (1998-2005)
- Carmel Robichaud, Canadian politician and retired teacher, Minister of Local Government (2007-2008), Minister of Family and Community Services (2006-2007)
- Carmel Anne Maher (b. 1954), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 1991
Related Stories +
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Lawrence Jaynes. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Jaynes/Lawrence_Carmel/USA.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html